The Use Of Art Therapy In The Treatment Of Eating Disorders

What is Art Therapy?
In part, art therapy, according to the American Art Therapy Association, "is based on the belief that the creative process of art is both healing and life-enhancing. Art therapists use the creative process and the issues that come up during art therapy to help their clients increase insight and judgment, cope better with stress, work through traumatic experiences, increase cognitive abilities, have better relationships with family and friends, and to just be able to enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of the creative experience. The term art therapist is reserved for those that are professionals trained in both art and therapy and hold a master's degree in art therapy or a related field. offered in BS and BA degrees."

Typically included in the Art Therapy assessments are a series of instructed tasks which are later analyzed to gain further insight about the artist.

Types of Art Therapy Include:

  • Drawing
  • Creating mosaics
  • Painting
  • Clay making
  • Sculpting"

Benefits Of Art Therapy

"The benefits of art therapy in aiding psychological trauma treatment are many. Art therapy helps reconcile emotional or life conflicts, release deeply repressed emotions and process through traumatic experiences, mental issues, anxiety, depression, and stress. The therapy can also enhance cognitive abilities, increase self-esteem, promote reality oreientation, and foster self-awareness."

THIN art therapy session by: april 1819

Another example of art therapy and eating disorders:
Art Therapy: ED Sucks by banaphone2006

*Has art therapy helped you better understand your eating disorder? Has it helped with your recovery? Please feel free to leave a comment and share your experience with art therapy.

picture source: MrsMenopausal