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Art Therapy

Person talking to their therapist at an art therapy programMental health can have a significant impact on an individual’s overall well-being. There are countless treatment options available, but art therapy services have proven to be effective in mental health treatment plans for people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Call 208.274.8609 to speak with someone from the knowledgeable and compassionate team of professionals at Ashwood Recovery about our art therapy treatment program in Idaho.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the creative process of creating art to improve an individual’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. This therapy is facilitated by a licensed and trained art therapist who can help guide individuals through creating art that expresses their emotions and helps them cope with their mental health challenges.

Art therapy can help people of all ages with various mental health struggles and can be done in individual or group settings. Art therapy services benefit individuals who struggle to express their emotions through verbal communication. People like this are often also experiencing various mental health challenges, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Trauma

In particular, art therapy can help people who may have experienced trauma, allowing them to communicate without verbalizing their experiences. Individuals who have difficulty processing emotions and struggle to self-regulate may also benefit significantly from art therapy.

At Ashwood Recovery, we offer a comprehensive art therapy program tailored to each patient’s needs. Our experienced therapists provide an encouraging, safe, and supportive environment where individuals can express their feelings creatively.

How Do Art Therapy Services Work?

The process of art therapy may start with an initial conversation between the therapist and the individual, where the therapist can understand the individual’s challenges and determine how best to proceed. Art therapy involves the individual creating art, with the therapist guiding the process and helping them understand how their art reflects their emotions. This can include using different mediums, such as:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Sculpting
  • Photography

These art mediums can help individuals process their emotions and gain insight into their mental health struggles in a safe, nonverbal environment. This encourages individuals to explore and express their feelings without fearing judgment or criticism. Art therapy can be done in individual and group settings, with each session tailored to the individual’s circumstances and needs.

What Are the Benefits of Art Therapy Treatment Programs?

Art therapy treatment programs have numerous benefits, including the following:

  • Improved emotional well-being – Art therapy can help individuals identify and express their emotions, increasing their emotional well-being.
  • Increased self-worth – Creating art can help individuals develop a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, contributing to a positive self-image.
  • Reduced anxiety and stress – The creative process of art-making can be relaxing and help individuals reduce their anxiety and stress.
  • Creative outlet – Art therapy provides a creative outlet for individuals to channel their emotions, which can help them manage their mental health challenges.

Art therapy also provides a safe container for individuals to express and process their emotions without judgment, leading to increased self-awareness and self-discovery.

Find an Art Therapy Program for Treatment in Idaho at Ashwood Recovery

Art therapy is effective for individuals struggling with various mental health challenges. It provides a safe space to express and process emotions while improving emotional well-being, increasing self-worth, reducing anxiety and stress, providing a creative outlet, and increasing self-awareness and self-discovery. If you or someone you know might benefit from art therapy, consider exploring the art therapy services provided at Ashwood Recovery in Idaho. Our trained art therapists can guide individuals to improved mental health and well-being. Contact Ashwood Recovery today at 208.274.8609 to learn more.