Art Psychotherapy is a humanitarian profession that exploits the inherent possibilities of art and the principles of psychotherapy. It is implemented in the presence of an art psychotherapist so that participants through creative expression, in a safe environment, can create a communication bridge with their inner self and the psychotherapist.
The aim of the therapy is for them to express, explore and ultimately understand the expressed emotion in their artwork thus ultimately better managing and resolving conflicts, empowering their self-esteem, enhancing their social skills, and promoting social and economic changes.
Museums are slowly becoming alternative places of assistance to people who need to deal with both physical and psychological issues in their daily lives related to wellbeing.
Psychotherapy within the museum helps participants to connect with the collection on an “emotional level”, use the objects as symbols, use the story of an object, an image or the creator to connect with themselves, work on specific issues such as transition, history, loss, identity, etc., participate actively in the healing process instead of receiving treatment, feel proud, trust and feel worthy in such an environment.