My art therapy concept

Art therapy is a practice-oriented form of therapy that employs the materials and expressive forms of the visual arts and provides access to the inner emotional world by means of artistic and creative work. My art therapeutic practice refers to the art or art education-based approach of art therapy, in the form of a resource and solution-oriented process, in that the artistic-creative action, the experimentation with different materials and the aesthetic experience itself becomes the direct source of knowledge and insight and reveals new solution possibilities. Within the framework of a safe therapeutic setting, I accompany the clients in this creative process, support them in reflecting on the experienced proceedings, and contemplate the resulting work together with them. The therapeutic relationship is enriched by the created work, which more easily than words reveals needs, feelings and desires. An interpretation of the working process and the created work is only made by and with the client. It is not an evaluation of the work according to aesthetic standards. An artistic talent or ability is not required.

 

Art therapy can be used in a supportive manner for psychiatric and psychosomatic illnesses, such as depressive episodes, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders, or for cancer and dementia. In addition, it can be usefully employed for personal development, self-awareness, relaxation, resource activation, conflict processing and stress management. Art therapy is a complementary offer to classical medical care. It does not replace medical treatment and psychotherapy. In the presence of a mental illness, art therapy is possible as an accompaniment to prescribed psychotherapy and in consultation with the persons treating the patient.

 

The focus of my art therapy work is on the field of oncology and the life uncertainties and changes that cancer brings with itself, as well as coping with the disease. In addition to further training in this area and years of accompanying people with cancer as a family member, my own experience as a cancer patient has made clear to me the possibilities and effects of art creation with this disease. The diagnosis of cancer and the existential fears associated with it, as well as the consequences of the medical treatments, strongly affect the lives of patients. A resource-oriented art therapy can support the processing of the disease, strengthen the experience of autonomy, open up room for maneuver and thus contribute to the improvement of the quality of life.