WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
Art therapy is a therapeutic modality, which utilizes art
materials (markers, paints, clay, collage, etc.) to allow for the expression and exploration of feelings. According
to Margaret Naumberg (art therapy pioneer) “The techniques of art therapy are
based on the knowledge that every individual, whether trained or untrained in
art, has a latent capacity to project his inner conflicts into visual
form. As patients picture such inner
experiences, they frequently become more verbally articulate (p.1, 1996).”
A person does not have to be an artist in order to benefit
from this modality. Each image/creation is analyzed and will be interpreted
according to its creator. An art therapist explores the art along with the
client by inquiring about the images/creations, and by pointing out possible
connections pertaining to client’s personal/clinical history.
areas of conflict
(Naumberg, Margaret (1996)
Dynamically Oriented Art Therapy: Its Principles and Practice)