Art Therapy can help disengaged young people to explore self-concept, improve behaviour, interact with others and increase academic performance.
There is growing knowledge about the relationship between art therapy and the brain, including how the brain processes traumatic events and the possibilities for reparation through art.
Art Therapy may be helpful in repairing attachment through experiential and sensory processes that tap into old relational states allowing the brain to establish new patterns.
Art Therapy can be used alongside medical treatments for young people living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders
Art therapy can give a young person a sense of mastery over the art materials at the same time as exploring mastery over their internal worlds. Creating and being witnessed by others can lead to increased self-esteem.
Young people can use imagery in art therapy to explore identity. They can use art materials to process internal thoughts and feelings about who they are and the world around them, with the support of the therapist.
Art has long been recognised for it's positive effects on health and wellbeing. Art therapy is being proven to reduce anxiety and low mood, and increase feelings of elation, especially when creativity is shared.
The characteristics of art making itself and also the relational dynamics between the individual and therapist can assist young people in increasing resilience