What is Art Therapy?

What is Art Therapy   何謂藝術治療?

Art Therapy is a unique form of psychotherapy, where exposure to the art materials and the process of image-making, supported by the art therapist, can enable the client to activate his/her creativity to help reach a fuller potential.

藝術治療是一種獨特的心理治療方式。在藝術治療師的協助下,透過接觸美術材料及創作圖像過程,能激發當事人的個人創作力;促進當事人全面發揮個人潛能。

Art Therapy is about using art as a tool for communication and through the therapeutic relationship, emotional, psychosocial and developmental needs are addressed with the intention of effecting lasting change. Making visual images (painting, drawing, models etc.) in the presence of a qualified Art Therapist contributes towards externalization of thoughts and feelings, which may otherwise remain unexpressed. The process of art therapy also brings about the potential for clients to ‘create’, through their artwork, necessary and/or positive changes through the creative process. It also helps clients to get in touch with their own problem solving ability. The problem solving function of clients in therapy, enable clients to move towards change and take action in his/her life.

藝術治療是利用藝術作為溝通工具,並透過與治療師的治療關係,當事人的情緒、人際關係及個人成長的各種需要得到關注,從而達致持久性改變。在藝術治療師的陪伴下,當事人透過創作視覺圖像(繪畫、素描、模型等 ),對可能潛藏的內心思緒、感情,起了具體化的作用。透過藝術治療過程中所創造的作品,亦能為當事人帶出“創造”必須及/或積極改變的潛能;它也能讓當事人接觸其本身具備的解決困難的能力。

It is not necessary to have any previous experience in art making. Scribbles and marks are equally valued as complete detailed images.

當事人在藝術治療中解決困難的功能,能讓其踏出改變的步伐,及為自己的生命,行動起來。當事人無須任何藝術創作經驗,因為塗鴉及零碎筆劃均視作為完整、細緻的圖像,受到重視。

Art is used as non-verbal communication. Therefore, the focus is not the aesthetic value, but bringing to light unconscious material in order to explore, clarify, and bring meaning to it within a safe and supportive space.

藝術治療將藝術視為非語言溝通工具,所以,藝術治療並不著重作品的美感,而著重於讓當事人在一個安全、受支持的環境下,透過深入探索及清晰闡明,把隱藏在潛意識裡面的東西呈現出來,並了解其中的意義。

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