Hey there Spoonies! It's Sunday, and that means another blog, this time in our Chronically Creative series! Today's entry was very kindly written for us by Alana Stewart, an art therapist from Melbourne, Australia. Previously on this blog we've explored how Spoonies have used their art as a means for expression and healing on an individual basis, but we thought it'd be super interesting to get a professional perspective on things and maybe even inspire you to pursue art therapy yourself if you don't fancy going it alone!
Be sure to give Alana's Instagram a follow @embodyarttherapy for loads of great content around art therapy and healing!
Alana Stewart is an art therapist from Melbourne, Australia who has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Art Therapy. She is also an art maker who has understood from a young age that art making helps to express difficult feelings and cope better with life’s challenges. Alana runs a blog on instagram about art therapy and psychotherapy which can be found at @embodyarttherapy, she's also on Facebook and can also be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of counselling or mental health therapy that assists people in achieving a better state of wellbeing. The word “art" may put some people at unease, however art therapy is open to people of all abilities and does not require any technical skill as an artist or “creative person". Many people, when they are first introduced to the idea of art therapy, are a bit sceptical of how making pictures may improve their life or help with their problems. Making art in itself has a number of therapeutic benefits and