Being creative can reduce stress. Often relaxation and enjoyment are the main goals when thinking about making art. Art can also be more than a hobby or pretty picture. Art therapy is an expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy can achieve different things for different people.
As people create art for self-expression, it can help resolve issues, as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress and improve self-esteem and awareness. Anyone can participate at their own level, you don’t need to be talented or an artist. Recent research has pointed to creating art helping reduce stress hormones in participants no matter their level of previous artistic experience.
During individual and/or group sessions, art therapists facilitate their clients’ art making by demonstrating materials, providing support and validating the person’s experience, all with the goal to enhance their well-being.