The use of color through art therapy is therapeutic; art therapy is a powerful tool of self-discovery and empowerment. Art therapy supports the client in expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings from their subconscious via pictures and color psychology. It is particularly useful when clients are unable to express themselves verbally or are not aware of the problem at hand. Using the combination of art therapy with color psychology expertise is an effective way of encouraging children and adults to express their innermost thoughts and feelings without the need for words.
Art making and interacting when creating helps people to tell their stories and to express themselves, especially when it may be difficult to express themselves verbally. In a safe environment with directional guided art therapy using color psychology skills and expertise, people can find their voice. We now know image language comes before verbal language, therefore the importance of color psychology, creativity, and art therapy for health, well-being, and self-development should not be underestimated.
This can be particularly effective when people are unable to talk or verbalize how they are feeling due to past hurts or painful experiences.
Using art therapy by putting color to paper using pastels, pencil or paints is therapeutic and allows freedom of expression and an opening of the subconscious mind. Art therapy is the process of putting color to paper that is important and not the outcome. Art Therapy is a combination of art, color psychology with a smattering of color psychotherapy and can be enjoyed by everyone. In the hands of a professional the final art therapy assessment is revealing and informative with guidelines on how to go forward using color psychology methods and exercises to support the art therapy session.
As part of a course of treatments, art therapy may be introduced, a fully qualified Color Psychology practitioner may ask their client to paint a particular scene or color freehand. Using art therapy expertise the Color Psychologist can interpret the complete picture by first looking at the colors chosen by the client, where they are placed and the images they have drawn. The placement of content, the depth of the colors used, and variation each tell their story. Color psychology is an integral part of the work, process, and guides the outcome of the art therapy session.
You don’t need to be a talented artist to engage in art therapy or to enjoy its benefits. The goal is not to create a masterpiece but to express yourself freely through art. The artistic results are secondary to the emotional benefits.
Art therapy can help people who have been exposed to loss or trauma. It can support people in overcoming addiction and mental health disorders. It has even been used in hospital settings for cancer patients. It’s also a common expressive therapy for children. The great thing about art therapy is that it can help the lives of so many people – even if you do not have a major concern or illness. Art therapy is beneficial to anyone who experiences the stress of everyday modern life.
Have you ever noticed how expressive art therapy is calming and peaceful? Have you ever come home from a long workday in front of the computer and needed an outlet that wasn’t a screen? Engaging in art techniques can clear the mind, let us put feelings and thoughts onto paper or canvas, and leave us feeling accomplished and calm. It’s a great option for people who experience any sort of stress or upset in their lives, however big or small.