by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger
Art Therapy was formally discovered in the twentieth century when doctors noted that individuals suffering from mental illness often expressed themselves in drawings. This led many to explore the use of art as a healing strategy and since then, Art Therapy has integrated psycho-therapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health. Art Therapy is used to treat a wide range of mental disorders and psychological distress, including cases involving children with learning disabilities, adults suffering from severe stress, individuals combating behavioral and social problems, patients recovering from brain injury, and people who have experienced traumatic events.
|Look on Dr. Malchiodi's website for |
more information about Art Therapy
An art therapist uses a variety of art methods including drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage. You may ask yourself how an Art Therapy session differs from the average art class. In Art Therapy sessions, individuals are pushed to focus on perceptions, feelings, and imagination. Cathy Malchiodi, a leading international expert and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare, explains that the emphasis is not on the art but on learning to develop and express the images that come from the mind and soul. The art is just a way to communicate these senses.
|Visit the American Art TherapyAssociation's Website|
|Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College.|
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