Art Therapy for Kids

There is no doubt in the importance of creativity and play in the development of children. Both researchers and clinicians emphasis on providing enough time and space for the kids for them to re-experience their daily happenings in a different circumstance, where they have thorough control over everything. Try and error in art/play activities, help children in developing decision-making and problem-solution skills while helping them make more sense out of their daily experiences. Art therapy provides such try and error space for your kids.

Kids with behavioural problems, anxiety disorders, depression, school refusal behaviour, divorce reaction, peer/ sibling conflicts, unresolved grief, anger issues, temper tantrums, reactions to life transitions, bullying/intimidation, low self-esteem, Enuesis (bed-wetting), etc… can benefit from art therapy to diminish the problematic behaviours.

If you are looking for a child psychologist for your kid, you may consider art therapy beforehand. An art therapist, specialised in working with children, can help your kid re-experience his/her daily problems and issues through the help of art activities, play, story-telling, role-play with poppets, etc. In most cases, your kid does not require to be diagnosed (or labeled) but needs to be given the time and space to explore his/her world, experiences, memories, fears, anxieties, and disabilities in a safe place and with her/his own pace. Although an art therapist is not entitled to diagnose, she is competent in working with your kid to explore his/her fears, anxieties, sadness, depression, identity issues, anger issues, frustrations and disappointments. Therefore, in a more than relaxed space with no pressure of being labeled, the kid has enough time to process and explore self.