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What is art therapy and the various forms of it?

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

The question arises, Do you have to be an artist to practice art therapy? Are we supposed to paint beautiful landscapes and portraits with a combination of perfect colors?

In this blog, we’ll be covering all your raising concerns.

Expressive art therapy uses art as a healing strategy. It integrates all forms of art like scribbling, painting, sculpturing, dance, drama, music, writing, movement, and much more. It’s like painting in a meditative state using certain mindfulness exercises. It uses techniques like scribbling and doodling, coloring, drawing, making collages, photography, painting, sculpting, playing with clay, finger painting, and much more. Our ‘On Spot Services’ helps you just the same to draw your fears, your scar without being subjected to perfection. This 30-minute call with our best Art Therapists rejuvenates and clears your thoughts.

You don’t have to be a great artist to experience art therapy, it is no fine arts. Your art piece isn’t supposed to be perfect, every line, curve, or stroke you draw is perfect and complete in itself and just an expression rather than an impression. Through this medium of expression, the clients enter into the world of free will, self-acceptance, self-care, self-awareness, and self-love where they unlock their inner strengths and resolve their traumas to lead a peaceful and blissful life.

The Art Therapists at Happy Hikkups are trained to provide a safe space for you to communicate your feelings and thoughts. They have a strong understanding of expressive art and under them, you’re in safe hands!

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