I created this video due to some questions that I received from a subscriber on YouTube. She wanted to know what art therapy is, how it works, what is expected etc.
Art therapy is used a lot in treatment facilities for eating disorders, substance abuse and pretty much another other type of ailment that we would go into treatment for. The reason for this is because it is a healthy way to express emotions that we may normally want to hide or “stuff.” Especially with self-harm and EDs we tend to think that our emotions are not our own, or that we don’t have any right to have them. That’s why when you are doing art therapy, your therapist may tell you to think of a certain situation or person while you work on a collage or coloring project. When we do that, our art can really show how we are feeling inside and sometimes help us “own” the feeling. I know that calling an emotion our own and trying to accept that we have it and it is okay can be hard, but seeing it in a project can sometimes make that easier. I think that is why it is used so much with ED recovery. It doesn’t matter how good you are as an artist, because I know that I really suck at it, and still found it extremely helpful:)
Also, art therapy is something that can be done pretty much anywhere and it doesn’t tend to cost much, so it could be a great way to jump start your treatment and help you work towards recovery. Please share any tips or tricks that you have learned about art therapy below as we continue to grow our community of supportive and loving people.
Let’s keep working together on our path to a Healthy Mind and a Healthy Body!