Creativity in Counseling

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"Do you have it difficulty expressing yourself verbally? Ever wondered what might happen if you tapped into your creative side? Integrating art media into counseling requires absolutely no creative experience or perception of artistic ability. It can often help those who have found traditional psychotherapy difficult or ineffective.The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) states, "Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.""

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