Art as Emotional Therapy

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Although I had often heard the term art therapy and had some idea of the process, my first real introduction to this branch of psychology came when I joined a regional art club that held its meetings in the office of a professional art therapist. At the first meeting I attended, there’d been a change in the program. The artist scheduled to make a presentation was unable to be there that day, and so the therapist — who just happened to have a bit of “open time” — stepped in and talked to us for over an hour about her work. It was fascinating.

I had a sketchbook with me, so I quickly began taking notes, trying to put down as much information as possible. Art therapy, she explained, allows an individual to contain emotions safely. Through the therapeutic process we are able to see the art we create…

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