Arts therapies can help you manage and cope better with:
- mental health problems
- physical health problems
- difficult emotions
- difficult experiences, such as historical abuse or bereavement
Arts therapies allowed me to let go of my anxiety and use my imagination for something positive, rather than for thinking up negative situations.
If you have a mental health problem, you may be offered an arts therapy as your main form of treatment, or in addition to other treatments, such as:
As with other types of therapy, your relationship with your arts therapist is important as you will be working together to explore difficult feelings and experiences and learn how to better cope with them.
Arts therapies can be particularly helpful if you:
- feel distanced from your feelings
- find it too upsetting to talk about painful experiences, and find talking treatments difficult
My hope is that I make people smile with my art work and through doing art therapies I can challenge my mind to get to a better place.
This information was published in 2016. We will revise it in 2019.