Information from The British Association of Art Therapists
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.
Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies, and socially engaged practice.
Motor Neurone Disease
My grandad has Motor Neurone Disease and spoke about this on BBC Oxford with Kat Orman. On this radio segment he spoke about how good the hospital he goes to has been to him and also the art therapy sessions he gets involved in. My grandad created paintings at these sessions and then went and sold a few pieces afterwards.
Unfortunately now my grandad does not take part in these sessions as much as the disease has made it quite hard for him to move his hands.