This Unlike artists, or clients who have more of a creative background, those who have little or no art experience often find it easier to emerge themselves in the process of art-making, thus enhancing their Art Therapy experience. Being an artist myself, I struggled to ‘let go’ in Art Therapy. I kept being too concerned about the end product, as opposed to the way I felt while doing art or the way the medium worked and the various other details that one loses focus of whilst being too consumed by the art work itself.
As Aristotle so perfectly put it: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
Art therapy for children can provide them with an easier way to express themselves since children are more naturally artistic and creative. A young child is likely to be more comfortable initially expressing him/herself with some crayons and markers, for example, than he/she is going to be at expressing emotions and feelings through words.
For those of you, who would prefer a more traditional approach, I offer conversational therapy. Here you are free to talk about whatever is on your mind without worrying about a filter… …cry, shout, laugh, sing and completely let your guard down or simply say nothing at all.
I primarily use Supportive Psychotherapy techniques. Through supportive psychotherapy, you learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness, e.g., recurrent depressive episodes. Often, before this can be accomplished, you need to be given the opportunity to express your feelings and thoughts about the issues, and this is an important part of supportive psychotherapy.
I am aware that there is no single approach suitable for every client; each person is unique and distinctive, thus my therapy sessions vary from client to client, depending on your age, psychological distress, your needs and what you feel comfortable with.