The Benefits of Art Therapy

Whether it’s drawing, painting or sculpting, art is great way to relieve stress and express our emotions.

Over the last few years, art therapy has grown in popularity, with many individuals attending these sessions as a way to improve their mental health.

In art therapy, individuals can safely explore their emotions through the creation of art, guided by a professional therapist. There are many benefits to art therapy, including:

  • Stress and emotional relief
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved mental health

The focus of art therapy is the process of creating art- not the final product. By focusing on the process, individuals are able to slow down and explore any issues they have, helping them to find meaning and connection in their life.

Photograph of two women painting.

Believing in its benefits, MOIRA created three art therapy groups for parents and carers of children living with a disability as a way to relieve stress in a safe and supportive environment.

“Art making in a group builds community. It is relaxing and creative… But art therapy is much more. In this group we deal with hard emotions as well as constructing a positive and strength based sense of self with other carers who may understand.” – Eva, Leader of MOIRA’s Art Groups.

Parents and carers enjoy going along to the art therapy groups, as it provides both respite from their caring role and the chance to connect with others living in similar circumstances.

The best thing about art therapy is that you don’t have to be a professional artist to reap the benefits it brings. All you need is a willingness to try.

Additional Support

If you are a carer in need of support, we can help. To find out more about our parent and carer support groups, give us a call on (03) 8552 2222 or email hello@moira.org.au