Every therapist knows people are complex. When a therapist meets which a new client they have a two-fold job which is immensely challenging. They need to create a sense of trust or at very least tolerance from the patient to the therapist and secondly, they need to be able to discuss the patient's situation.
The therapist must achieve both of these quickly. The window of opportunity is not open long. One of the ways in which they can do this is by using another medium giving both something else to talk about to establish contact
Creating art of any type is one way in which the therapist can establish rapport with the client and begin to build a discussion. A stone sculpture artist, new york ny, for example, can use traditional talk therapy along with an artistic activity to open discussion and pave the way to trust.
Beginnings of Art Therapy
Having something to focus on has always helped people who were worried and concerned. But the concept of using art as a mechanism to facilitate therapy did not become a discipline until the 1940s. Therapist are qualified in a medical discipline such as becoming a psychoanalyst. In addition they also have taken some sort of additional training in art and are often deeply committed to their own art as part of their lives.
Art allows patient and therapist to meet on a non-contentious plane. It allows the client to relax and provides the space for the conversation to arrive at therapy topics more easily.
The types of people who might benefit
In the original incarnation, art therapy was used to assist patients with tuberculosis, but now the techniques have been applied to people struggling with addiction, trauma, depression and grief, as well as other physical, mental, or emotional challenges.