It’s an interesting thought isn’t it?
When we are creative we access a different part of our brain. It is through this neural pathway that we can easily access our unconscious mind. (you know, the reason you end up at home instead of the post office when you are out driving for example, this is the unconscious controlling your actions).
How does this work in an art therapy context? Well, through directed art creation, that is targeted to achieve outcomes agreed to in our first session, you are free to create and explore those areas that sometimes are unknown, buried deep within our mind and also to articulate without the need for words, how you are feeling or how you see yourself.
I have seen it time and time again in sessions and online classes where my clients and students are painting away and then something is triggered in their mind and emotions that they weren’t expecting in any way. It’s at this time that your art therapist can help you to unravel what’s been triggered with further pyschotherapy activites and discussion.
I’ts always good to be in touch with our emotions. Art therapy is a vehicle that can help you to do that in a safe and non confrontation way where you don’t need to try and find the right words before exploring.