When most people think of art therapy, they imagine someone creating a beautiful masterpiece that represents how a person may be feeling inside. While this is a marvelous thought, art therapy often does not work this way. In fact, many people who engage in art therapy don’t consider themselves artists by any means; to participate in art therapy, one does not have to consider themselves an artist with any form of creative talents. Art therapy can be beneficial no matter who you are and what your age. First, it’s important to constitute exactly what art therapy is. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is,
“A mental health profession in which clients … use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.”
Examples of art therapy may include:
A 2018 study conducted by researchers from Brazil sought to explore the effects of art therapy on elderly women diagnosed with depression; thirty-one women participated in the study and attended 20-week art therapy sessions at 90 minutes a session. Results from the study showed that these participants experienced significant improvements in both depressive and anxiety symptoms. As you can see, it doesn’t matter your age. When it comes to recovery, what matters most is that is works for you; that you find something you can connect with – something that opens your mind, body, and spirit to growing, learning, and transforming. The thought that you are too old, not talented enough, not creative enough, and more are all thoughts that hold you back from achieving your goals. Let those self-limiting beliefs fade away.
If you’ve been struggling with a mental illness, addiction or both, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about several types of programs and which one may be right for you. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.