Can Schools Help to Improve Children's Wellbeing by Providing Art Therapy?
Many schools are now providing counselling services to children and young people. However some children find it hard to express themselves. A young child is likely to be more comfortable initially expressing him/herself with some crayons and markers, for example, than he/she is going to be at expressing emotions and feelings through words.
“Verbal therapy can often seem quite threatening, particularly for adolescents,” says art therapist Carole Welsby. “Art therapy allows them almost a place to hide, from which they can appear slowly.” (A Place to Hide and Heal 2007)
The idea behind this type of therapy is to use art as a means of communication, something that can be useful for those who find it difficult to verbalise their feelings. It can help us access our emotions that may be hidden or difficult to feel because of trauma or buried memories. Experience or skill in art is not required.