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  • Writer's pictureAurelia Jorden, LPC, ATR

15 Benefits of Art Therapy

Updated: Jul 27, 2021

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy defined by the American Art Therapy Association is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Benefits of Art Therapy include:

  • Cultivates emotional resilience

  • Increases emotional awareness

  • Improves attention span

  • Improves cognitive and sensorimotor functions

  • Enhances social skills

  • Improves communication skills

  • Thickens and increases grey matter in the brain

  • Increases self-control

  • Shifts brain patterns to a calmer state

  • Decreases cognitive avoidance

  • Increases self-esteem and self-acceptance

  • Increases psychological stability

  • Promotes insight

  • Reduces and resolves conflicts and distress

  • Advances societal and ecological change

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