Art therapy is a human service profession that facilitates verbal and nonverbal expression of thoughts and emotions. When patients transform their thoughts and feelings into tangible images, they can explore them from a different perspective and in a non-threatening manner, which they may not find through traditional talk therapy.
Assessment and therapy through art recognizes that the art process, forms, content and associations are reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests and concerns. In art therapy, art is used as a form of communication, giving external form to internal imagery. The natural creative process is often a means of reconciling emotional conflicts and of fostering self-awareness and personal growth.