Art as Therapy
Visual artists, musicians, and other performers can all attest to the healing power of artistic expression. More recently, therapists and mental health practitioners have become more attuned to the benefits of using art therapy as treatment for depression, as well as to work through other complex experiences and emotions, and even past trauma.
Visual Art Therapy
Other ideas for art therapy include:
- Painting or doodling
- Using sand expressively
- Making sculptures and other types of collages
- Help patients manage anxiety, stress, and pain
- Provide an outlet for emotional expression and support
- Help families support and bond with one another
Dance/movement therapy (also known as DMT) is a kind of art therapy used primarily for individuals dealing with physical and body-related issues. It functions as therapy for depression and anxiety, and can also assist patients with social issues.
A body of research notes that trauma is often stored in the body. Dance/movement therapy (like other art therapy ideas) can be helpful in releasing trauma. This research also suggests it may also be helpful to those suffering from addiction.