Art therapy utilizes creative expression as a tool to access and process emotions, memories, or experiences often hidden under the surface. There are not always words to express how we experience oneself, others, our past or concerns for the future. Art therapy provides a nonverbal approach for emotional expression as well as the opportunity to decrease anxiety, depression, and symptoms of trauma.
Materials such clay, paint, music, poetry, collage, and pastels are often used in a session. However, artistic talent is not a prerequisite. Growth and transformation is often found in the process rather than the product.