Sometimes words fail to adequately express and conceptualise our experiences. Through talking with the therapist, making art and viewing it together, there is an opportunity to explore complex issues. Art therapy can be helpful in overcoming communication problems and accessing a range of difficult issues.
The therapist holds a safe, confidential setting, and works in a non-judgemental way. Art therapy sessions are generally non-directive and service user-led, though therapists may offer themes or directives towards planned clinical goals.
Art therapy can be delivered as an individual therapy, as a group therapy or an open studio approach where the art therapist works with individuals in a group rather than the group process. Individuals accessing art therapy do not need experience of art making.