As the brain and creativity are both tools that enable self-expression, art therapy also possesses the advantage to be a tool for conversation. Understanding the feelings and thoughts of others is quiet a feat, much less understanding our own. Since so much of our communication does not involve words, we have the opportunity to use this to our advantage. One way art therapy can be helpful is through encouraging creative experiences in the context of a relationships.
At RCASA, when an individual faces a conflict or trauma, their supporters become susceptible to vicarious traumatization (being traumatized by another person’s traumatic experience). It may result in a difficulty for all parties to process this. Art can become the avenue for processing that conversation.
We see signs every day made of shapes and symbols that convey a message to us. Through making art together, we can use the same creative language to meet on a nonverbal level.