Art Therapy provides the client-artist with critical insight into emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Key benefits of the art therapy process include:
Self-discovery. At its most successful, art therapy triggers an emotional catharsis.
Personal fulfillment. The creation of a tangible reward can build confidence and nurturfeelings of self-worth. Personal fulfillment comes from both the creative and the analytical components of the artistic process.
Empowerment. Art therapy can help people visually express emotions and fears that they cannot express through conventional means, and can give them some sense of control over these feelings.
Relaxation and relief. Chronic stress can be harmful to both mind and body. When used alone or in combination with other relaxation techniques e.g., guided imagery art therapy can effectively relieve stress.