Art Therapy • What is it and does it work?

Art Therapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy that encourages free self-expression through painting, drawing or other hands-on art forms.

Art Therapy - Sculpture of a man in emotional thought

There is little research-supported evidence that art therapy promotes emotional recovery in people with personality disorders, but many psychologists and patients are enthusiastic.

Some of the benefits claimed by those facilitating it or those engaged in the therapy are:

  • Behavior changes
  • Emotional response modulation
  • Identity and self-image strengthened
  • Insight

You don’t have to have a personality disorder to benefit from art therapy. Depending on the severity of your anxieties, you may not even need a facilitator to benefit from finding a creative outlet for you emotions and a distraction for your busy brain.