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How Can My Interest in Creative Arts Help Me With My Trauma Therapy?

Art therapy can be used in your treatment plan to help you heal from issues related to the effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many programs are beginning to recognize the transformative powers of artistic expression in mental health treatment.

Professionals can even specialize as art therapists and continue education to treat clients with their unique skills. You can incorporate art therapy into your current program by discussing your interest with your therapist. The arts can be defined as the expression of human emotion through a tangible medium, like drawing, painting, wood-carving, or sculpting.

Artistic expression can help the person healing from trauma by teaching them new methods of expression. Under the guidance of a trained art therapist, the client can create art that the therapist then discusses. As the client explains their drawing or painting, the therapist can help the client process the thoughts and feelings that are being expressed in the work of art.

The art may reveal thoughts and feelings to the therapist that the client may not have found another way of expressing! Art therapy is often used to augment other therapeutic approaches. Much like other forms of therapy, the relationship between the therapist and the client, as well as the safe environment of the therapist’s office, all work with artistic expression to aid the healing process for the client.

Art can also work well as a diversionary and relaxing activity that helps the client find peace by focusing on something constructive. Art can also build self-esteem in the same way that learning any new skill can. Even the act of interpreting other works of art with your art therapist can help you reveal new things about yourself and your feelings!

Alternative forms of therapy have been taking root in the practice of healing individuals with traumatic pasts. Art therapy, along with other forms of expressive therapy, such as cinema therapy and music therapy, can help you learn healthy ways of expressing your emotions. Expressive therapies have been shown to help individuals heal from trauma and PTSD when incorporated with other forms of treatment. The Guest House offers cutting edge treatment options, including art therapy, to help you or a loved one heal from the effects of trauma. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 for more information about art therapy and other forms of expressive therapy!