Art Therapy Thailand- Now Also Available Online
Art Therapy Thailand focuses on utilizing artistic methods to treat psychological struggles and enhance mental well-being. We believe art is used to help people explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stressors, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.
It may be surprising for some individuals to learn that art is used as an effective tool when it comes to treatment. People might find themselves wondering what could art possibly have to do with therapy and counselling? Art is often used as an expressive medium and can help clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different facets of their own personalities.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy integrates counselling techniques with the creative process to improve mental well-being. We believe art therapy is characterized as an approach to mental well-being which utilises the process of creating art to improve mental, emotional, and physical wellness. The goal in mind is to utilize the creative process to help clients explore their self-expression and in doing that, also develop new ways in which to gain personal insight and also develop healthier coping skills. We also offer art therapy online due to the ongoing restrictions put in place due to the global pandemic.
Some techniques used by us in art therapy online or in-person could include, drawing, painting, coloring, sculpting, and various others. As our clients create their own artwork, they can analyse what they have created and also look deeper to see how it makes them feel. Through the exploration of their own art, clients are encouraged to look for themes and conflicts which could be affecting their thought patterns, emotions, and behaviours.
Clients need not have artistic ability or prior experience to participate in art therapy and we encourage people of all ages to do so. Research also suggests that merely the presence of art plays a crucial role in boosting mental wellbeing.
Who Should Try Art Therapy?
Anyone who’s feeling particularly overwhelmed or stressed by their environment can give art therapy a try. Creating art will give our clients a chance to slow down and explore any potential issues they may be faced with. Art therapy can help with a range of different issues some of which include:
- Substance abuse and dependence
- Attention disorders
- Grief and loss
- Eating Disorders
- Physical illnesses
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Relationship issues.
Since the focus of the process of and not the final product or final artwork, art therapy is not about being a good artist but rather about finding deeper meanings and connections. All you require is an open mind and a willingness to experiment and try new things.
Benefits of Art Therapy
Art therapy in Thailand can be used as a complement to traditional treatment, such as medication and counselling. We aim to manage emotions and behaviours, process feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Some of the ways in which art therapy in Thailand is beneficial are as follows:
- Helps to discover or rediscover your deeper creative self: Art Therapy helps to acknowledge and recognize feelings that may have been repressed in the subconscious.
- Helps with self-esteem: Art Therapy helps clients feel self-accomplished and empowered, which is crucial to improve self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Helps with emotional release: The most crucial benefit of art therapy includes providing a healthy outlet for expressing feelings and fears. More complex emotions such as intense feelings of sadness and anger can sometimes be released healthily using art.
- Helps with anxiety and stress relief: Battling depression, anxiety or other emotional trauma can be debilitating for clients, both mentally and physically. We believe art therapy online or in-person can be a great outlet to relieve stressors and triggers and ultimately relax your mind and body.
Uses of Art Therapy
Art therapy can be used to treat several different psychological stressors. In most cases, it is utilised in conjunction with other alternative treatments such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and group therapy.
Some situations whereby we use art therapy may include:
- Clients experiencing severe stress.
- Adolescents and children undergoing behavioural and social problems at home or in school.
- Clients who have recently experienced a traumatic event in their lives.
- Children with special needs and learning disabilities.
- People experiencing intense emotional problems.
- Clients with eating disorders.
- Substance use and dependence
- Clients with family or relationship problems.
How Art Therapy Works
Our experienced counsellors use a variety of methods which include drawing, painting, sculpture work, and other techniques. We find clients who have undergone depression, anxiety, abuse, emotional trauma and other struggles can benefit hugely from expressing themselves creatively.
Clients often wonder how art therapy differs from any average art class. The difference is in an art class, they focus on utilizing proper technique to create a finished product, whereas, art therapy focuses on the inner experiences of the client. In creating their art, clients can focus on their perceptions and feelings. We encourage our clients to create art that expresses their inner feelings more than creating artwork that is beautiful or technical.
How to Access Art Therapy Online
If you feel you have lost touch with your creative side or simply crave some fun, this might be exactly what you need. Art therapy online allows you to connect to your inner emotions and creativity at the same time. It also allows you to find ways to work through muddled emotions and open up about your inner feelings in a safe space and a healthy manner.
If you believe you or anyone around you could benefit from art therapy online, please feel free to reach out to us through our online enquiry form.