Boosting Self Confidence
A lack of confidence in one’s creative abilities can have a negative effect on self-esteem, especially for adolescents who may already be struggling with mental health issues. Art therapy can be a powerful tool to help these teens build their self-esteem and find hope by reframing negative experiences, for example, by using altered book making, which allows the client to rewrite their own narrative.
A recent study found that children who engage in arts activities (listening to music, painting or drawing and reading for pleasure) most days have higher levels of self-esteem than those who engage in these activities less often.
Creates A Connection
When you create something in the creative arts, you are expressing yourself. Whether your art is a painting, sculpture, or music, it is a manifestation of an idea that you have in your mind. This idea can be a personal experience, memory, or feeling. This can help to connect you with yourself and others.
For example, if you paint a picture of your mom, it can be a way to show her how much you love and appreciate her. Similarly, when you hear someone compliment your work, it can give you a sense of self-worth.
Increased Self Awareness
Creating artworks provides opportunities for self-expression and reflection. Oftentimes, clients who struggle to communicate verbally, find relief and healing in artistic forms. Unlike talking, art allows one to express their feelings and thoughts without the risk of being misunderstood.
The act of completing a project also helps to build perseverance and a strong work ethic. When a client sees others appreciate their art, it can further boost their self-esteem and increase their sense of achievement.