Expressing Your Colors ~What is Art Therapy

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Life is messy! The world around us can be so obstinate that it can be hard to make sense of it all. Communication is central to sharing our stories, but at times there are no words that can describe what we're feeling. Art therapy is a therapeutic avenue that gives a voice to what we think but sometimes cannot express. Rooted in the concept that creative expression cultivates mental well-being, art therapy is built on the integration of psychotherapeutic fundamentals and creativity. The American Art Therapy Alliance defines it as the "deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs.” Art is the culmination of our personalities, and by using it as a tool, we can color our thoughts, emotions, and experiences. In an article by Candance Osmond, she outlines that in a session patients create something and the therapist is interested in color choices, objects and components of your artwork. Their job is to help interpret these elements and the emotions that they bring up.