What is art therapy?
Art therapy blends psychology and creativity, essentially creating art as a means for individuals to express themselves visually rather than through verbal or written communication.
It’s a branch of psychological therapy that uses the creative process to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to encourage self-expression without words.
Art therapy is for everyone, and is increasingly being used as a means for aged care providers to help older Australians connect and communicate their inner and outer feelings and experiences.
The Positive Benefits of Art Therapy
Lead researchers in the field of creativity, aged care and dementia readily acknowledge the benefit of creative enterprise in the mental, social and physical wellbeing of older people. At a forum held at the University of Wisconsin titled “Creative Expression and Dementia Care” a number of potential positive outcomes of art therapy undertaken by older people were listed including:
- Positive emotional responses
- Reduction in agitation
- Greater social engagement/interaction
- Change in cognitive processes
- Increased verbal fluency
- Improved fine motor skills and physical coordination
- Functional improvements
- Increased food intake
- Weight gain
- Increased mobility
- Greater physical strength and balance
- Improved mood and attention span
- Less stress (caregivers and receivers alike)
- Elevated quality of life
- Greater understanding of the human condition.
Join us for Art Therapy
Focus Care Solutions provides personalised Art Therapy and group classes.
Our art therapy sessions run for 30 to 60 minutes and are managed by a fully qualified counsellor in a safe, nurturing environment.
Our art therapist works with seniors, carers, people living with dementia, and people with disabilities. Art therapy can also be provided as part of your home care package.
If you’d like to learn more about our art therapy services, or if you’d like to include art therapy as part of a home care package, please contact us to arrange an assessment.