Art therapy, also called art psychotherapy combines visual art and psychotherapy in a creative and self-reflective way using the art in order to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and others. Many thoughts and feelings can be contained in a single image. Images can also hold multiple meanings.
By respectfully asking careful questions an Art Therapist is able to help the client to describe the image and express the feelings contained in it. Art helps to express these feelings that can often be difficult to share with words alone.
Art therapy can increase coping skills, enhance cognitive function, resolve inner conflicts, develop and maintain a peaceful state of mind and integrate life experiences that have been previously cut off from awareness or personal acceptance.