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Ardmore, PA 19003
Art therapy is a mode of therapy directly related to psychology and counseling, but with the added component of using art materials, art making and visual communication with clients. The act of using art materials to make something in and of itself is therapeutic and health promoting. Additionally, discussion of the meanings of artwork in the context of a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship promotes deep exploration and resolution of issues in psychotherapy. Unlike purely verbal interaction, artwork frames problems in concrete tangible objects and provides emotional distance, allowing clients to look at their challenges from a new vantage point. Because it is a pre-verbal, non-verbal activity, art-making helps clients bypass their usual defenses in order to externalize their thoughts, feelings and concerns. Artwork also provides structure and a physical outlet for safe release of pent up energy, agitation, aggression, and emotion.
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