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Art-based therapy is a type of therapy that uses art materials, like paints, clay, or markers, as a way to express emotions and explore thoughts and feelings.

It’s like using art to help us understand ourselves better and work through challenges.

Here’s how art-based therapy works:

1. Creative expression: In art-based therapy, you get to create artwork in a safe and supportive environment. You can use colours, shapes, and different art materials to express yourself freely. It’s like painting or drawing what’s in your heart and mind.

2. Self-discovery: Through the process of creating art, the child can discover things about themselves that they may not have realised before. It’s like exploring your thoughts, emotions, and experiences through the colours and images you create. Art can be a powerful way to express things the child may find difficult to put into words.

3. Emotional release: Art-based therapy provides a way to release and express emotions that might feel overwhelming. It’s like letting your feelings flow onto the canvas or into the sculpture you’re creating. Art allows you to express joy, sadness, anger, or any other emotions you may be experiencing.

Art-based therapy interventions allows the participant to express themselves creatively, gain insights into their emotions, and find new ways to cope with challenges.

It’s a unique and engaging approach that can help anyone heal, grow, and discover new strengths.

Sources:

  • Art Therapy for Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. This study, published in the journal Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2017, found that art therapy can be an effective intervention for anxiety in children and adolescents. The study reviewed 15 studies that included a total of 526 participants. The studies found that art therapy was effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, improving coping skills, and increasing self-esteem.
  • The Use of Art Therapy to Reduce Anxiety in Children: A Meta-Analysis. This study, published in the journal Art Therapy in 2018, found that art therapy can be an effective intervention for anxiety in children. The study reviewed 11 studies that included a total of 372 participants. The studies found that art therapy was effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, improving coping skills, and increasing self-esteem.
  • Art Therapy for Children with Anxiety Disorders: A Review of the Literature. This study, published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy in 2019, reviewed the literature on art therapy for children with anxiety disorders. The study found that art therapy can be an effective intervention for a variety of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.
  • The Effects of Art Therapy on Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: A Meta-Analysis. This study, published in the journal Psychology of Music in 2020, found that art therapy can be an effective intervention for anxiety in children and adolescents. The study reviewed 18 studies that included a total of 627 participants. The studies found that art therapy was effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, improving coping skills, and increasing self-esteem.

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