Trauma Art Therapy and Informed Practices

"The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed.

Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings.

The therapist then would be an artist of the soul, working with sufferers to enable them to find the proper container for their pain, the form in which it would be embodied."

- Stephen K. Levine

Trauma Art Therapy or informed therapist remain mindful that trauma have affected client's mind and body, symptoms are not pathological but coping mechanisms to feel safe and in control and client need to be encouraged to express it with or without words (using art and expressive art techniques). Trauma Art Therapy has been reported to be very beneficial for (non-verbal) expression of traumatic experiences, emotions, painful memories, develop social skills, nurturing self-awareness, reducing anxiety, augmenting reality orientation and building self-esteem.

For detailed information about this Trauma Art Therapy, please read:

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy | Psychology Today