Creative Arts Therapies - What Does It Mean?

 A representation of self

A representation of self

Creative arts therapies are accessible by everyone and you don’t need to have any art skills or experience. The word ‘arts’ refers to different ways of exploring, which can include: music, painting, movement, clay, poetry, drama, writing or any other art form you can think of. It’s not about making a presentation piece; it's about the connection to creating something itself. It is also about inviting a sense of play and enjoyment into the experience of therapy.

 

Sometimes, it can be hard to find the right words to communicate how we are, what we are feeling, or to describe a difficult part of our journey. We can often feel drawn to a song, picture, story, or another art form that says it better than we can. I therefore see creativity as a very individual, natural human state of expression; I believe that by engaging with creative process in therapy, we can begin to express our feelings and experiences in a way they can be better understood.

 

Common issues in society such as anxiety & depression, trauma/ptsd, low self-esteem, addiction, self-harm and abuse affect a significant proportion of the population and mental health diagnoses are rising every year. I have found from experience that creative arts therapies can bring about a deeper understanding and acceptance for many clients with issues such as these and, in addition, help to open a path towards healing and closure around situations where many find it virtually impossible to communicate their experience of with words.

 A clay-work of a family memory 

A clay-work of a family memory 

 

We each have our own story to tell and as we all have individual likes and preferences, we may like to tell it in different ways. I always have various creative materials on hand as well as a sand tray and miniature objects for clients who particularly enjoy working with visual metaphor.