The Benefit of Art Therapy for Teens

 In Mental Health

There are many different forms of therapy used to treat addiction and mental illness, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, group therapy, peer led support groups, etc. For those who feel like they wish to get in touch with their creative side while receiving therapy, art therapy is a wonderful option. Here at Adolescent Wellness Academy, we utilize alternative therapies when treating our clients. We feel alternative therapies paired with traditional therapies are the best course of action to treat addiction and/or mental illness.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a therapy that integrates the mental health and human services to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities through creating art and creative processes. This is applied through psychological theory, and human experiences within the psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy is facilitated by a professional who supports personal and relational treatment goals, while helping within community concerns. This form of therapy is used to improve many different things including: cognitive function, sensorimotor function, self-esteem- self-awareness, emotional resilience, enhance social skills, etc. This form of therapy also reduces many different issues including: conflicts, distress, conflicts associated with societal and ecological change. 

There are numerous benefits to art therapy for teens. These benefits can improve mental health and physical health in many different ways. Some of the more notable benefits of art therapy for teens include:

  • Helps reduce physical pain
  • Decreases the symptoms of stress
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces anxiety 

Art therapy has been used by mental health practitioners for decades. Patients who are treated with art therapy range in age from very young to the elderly. This has also been effective in treating war veterans, prisoners, and individuals who have been diagnosed with mental disorders. 

How Does Art Therapy Help Teens?

Art therapy can be practiced in many different healing settings such as hospitals, schools, clinics, private practices, etc. Art therapy uses integrative methods that engage the mind, body, and soul. This type of therapeutic technique uses methods that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. It can be especially hard for teens to express how they feel using their words.

Within art therapy, the art therapist will honor the teenagers opinions, beliefs, and values while supporting their creative, emotional, and spiritual growth/development. 

Art therapy focuses on imagery which really taps into a person’s earliest knowledge and reaction of the world. Clinical art therapy is an effective and non threatening form of treatment/therapy. Art therapy can also help the client’s therapist to gain some insight within the teen’s psyche and get an idea about the youth’s concerns and what is occurring in their life that may be concerning. This may reveal events that the teen feels are too risky or even too personal to reveal. This is a way for these distressed teens to seek help without actively reaching out to an adult (this is an advantage because sometimes adolescents do not like to express their feelings to adults). As stated previously, Art therapy has many different benefits, but one of the main benefits is that art therapy provides a support system for adolescents experiencing abuse, depression, lack of self-regard, or social failure and academic failure. 

How Adolescent Wellness Academy Helps Struggling Teens

Adolescents can benefit from “fun” therapies, and therapies where they don’t have to directly explain how they are feeling. Not having to use words can take the pressure off of expressing themselves. Here at Adolescent Wellness Academy, we understand that it’s not always easy to express our emotions, especially as a teen, and sometimes we may feel like no one will understand. Art therapy is a good way to share our feelings without verbally having to say them. Reach out to us today to learn more about the different therapies and their benefits we offer & how we can help your teen!  

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