Art Therapy can treat a lot of psychological problems. Drawing is one of the best methods to release emotions and override stress.
British artist Adrian Hill had worked in a sanatorium for people with tuberculosis, where he discovered the therapeutic benefits of drawing and painting while convalescing.
Actually, there are other kinds of art therapy – music therapy, body-oriented therapy, fairytale therapy.
Art therapy emerged in the context of psychoanalytic views of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, who believed that use of imagination and freedom of expression would allow to arrange a duel between the patient’s unconscious and conscious.
Art therapy can be primary or secondary treatment. Anyway, art therapy triggers two mechanisms. Art helps reconstructing the symbolic traumatic conflict situation and resolving it through new formation. Creativity helps to overcome fears that appear due to the presence of internal conflict.
Also, art therapy is an act of creation, and gives pleasure to the person who creates.The important part is that a person expresses his feelings freely and spontaneously, not worrying about the artistic merits of his work. Creative act itself is essential, as well as the specifics of the inner world of the creator.