What is Art Therapy...



Art therapy usually focuses on the art process rather than the final form. How you feel while making your art and what you learn about yourself is the most important thing.


Art therapy can help you cope with difficulties and stress, and speed up the recovery process.


Art therapists work with people of all ages and backgrounds – you don’t have to be an artist to benefit.

We provide a safe, supported environment to help you:

  • give voice to experiences and feelings not easily expressed in words

  • relax and de-stress

  • develop self-awareness and self-esteem

  • work on social skills

  • manage behaviours and/or symptoms

  • solve problems by looking with a different perspective.

There are several different forms of art therapy available, depending on your needs.


Art therapy provides a safe space to explore in your own way. This can happen in an open studio setting with a little guidance or in a supported, structured session.


Art therapy uses the creative process of making art as a safe way to represent your inner experiences, develop awareness and support personal change.


Along with creating art, the art therapist may use relaxation and visualisation techniques and guided imagery, in the therapy session. This can help you cope with difficulties and stress, and speed up your recovery process.


The art therapist offers a safe, supported holding space to allow a person to process difficult emotional issues.


All types of visual art forms may be used, such as painting, drawing and clay work.


https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Art-therapy-for-mental-health-recovery