Fostering Healing Through Personal Expression
The use of artistic expression as a therapeutic tool is a particularly useful methodology. The power of art therapy as a treatment for substance abuse or trauma is that it is an avenue of expression that does not rely on words or even conscious choices. Art therapy offers an outlet for suppressed thoughts and feelings that would otherwise remain hidden behind the mental block of past traumas, often allowing a woman to increase her understanding of herself and her interactions with the people around her.
The Virtues of Art Therapy
The development of a new passion and another outlet through which women can better express themselves are only two of the positives of art therapy. The unlocking of a patient’s artistic potential or inclination can leave with them with confidence they never previously possessed. It also provides invaluable occupational therapy by giving women something on which they can focus during their treatment. Art therapy, as part of a comprehensive program, can produce immeasurable long-term benefits.
A Proven Tool for Mental Health Professionals
By analyzing the symbols and images found within a patient’s art, the art therapists at Alpine Recovery Lodge can identify the thoughts and feelings the patient is attempting to communicate non-verbally, and can then pursue those thoughts and feelings verbally in a safe, comfortable way.