Why use art therapy?
Images and Words
of the best-known advantages of art therapy is that it permits thoughts
and feelings to be expressed in images as well as words. In this
sense, it is a more accessible form of communication for those
individuals who have language difficulties such as small children or
stroke patients. Likewise, it can facilitate communication in
cross-cultural situations when the therapist and client are not fluent
in a common language. It is also very useful in balancing overly
rational communication as well as in times when a client is ‘stuck’ in
However, art therapy is not simply an alternative to be
sought only when conventional “talk therapies” fail to meet a person’s
needs. Indeed, art therapy is a valuable psychotherapeutic approach in
its own right.
Some of the more important benefits offered by art therapy are: