Art Therapy Is A Mental Health Profession

2333 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 10 Pages
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Art therapy is an active treatment for people experiencing developmental, medical, educational, social or psychological impairments, those who have survived trauma resulting from combat, abuse, natural disasters, people with adverse physical health conditions such as; cancer traumatic brain injury and other health disability, people with autism, dementia, depression and other disorders. Art therapy also helps manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress, and achieve personal insight. Art therapy provides also the affirming pleasures of actually making art. An objective in Art Therapy treatment is to enhance a client’s functioning and his or her feeling of individual opulence self-worth. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art like; drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms, and the creative process. AS well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques. It took me about one year in college to change my plans for my degree. Out of high school I had decided that I would pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my specialty was going to be clinical. I wanted to work in state hospitals or…
Open Document