What is Art Therapy

Who is it for and what are the benefits

The term Art Therapy is something that is still little known and is often misunderstood. I will try, in a few lines, to summarize the key concepts.

Art therapy is a non-verbal intervention technique that offers an alternative way of expressing oneself; using artistic materials as a tool to encourage dialogue and improve one's mental condition. Art therapy is not only aimed at people suffering from physical/psychological discomfort but at all those who want to have an emotionally enriching experience.

It can be very useful at times when you cannot put into words what and how you feel. The image that emerges will have a visible form, this can help us distance ourselves from it and stimulate new ways of interpretation.

"Everyone, at any age, can decide to embark on an art therapy journey. In fact, it does not require any technical or artistic preparation. The work takes place in a protected space; a welcoming atmosphere of sharing and listening, most importantly without judgment.

As Paul Klee said: "Art does not reproduce what is visible but makes visible what is not always visible."

Art therapy can be used at various levels:

  • Preventive. Aimed at people without pathologies, for the simple purpose of increasing their equilibrium and well-being or preventing any form of psychosocial discomfort.
  • Socio-educational/psycho-pedagogical. For the development of emotional and relational skills starting from primary school, to support the developmental needs of children and adolescents.
  • Therapeutic.With a rehabilitative and psychotherapeutic function, it is useful for the re-elaboration of oncological situations, mourning, abandonment, mental discomfort, addictions and so on. In this case, the art therapist will work in synergy with a psychotherapist.

Barbara Jacopetti Art therapist, member of the Apiart Association n.622, which supervises its professionalism and complies with the UNI1159 standard

Are you interested in discovering more about art therapy, and understanding better the benefits it can bring?