"It's the relationship that heals, the relationship that heals,
the relationship that heals - my professional rosary"
Irvin D. Yalom.
The therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client is said to be the most important factor in bringing about change. Art psychotherapy provides a third dimension: a triangular relationship between the therapist, the client and the art work. But what does this actually mean?
“Images can help people see what they cannot verbalise.”
“Sometimes words don’t seem enough, so images and words together can get across what you want to say.”
“When there are just too many words, or words are getting in the way, art gets you in touch with your emotions.”
“When you feel stuck, art can get you unstuck. You can lay out all your thoughts, feelings and experiences on the page and get a different perspective on them, so you can begin to change things.”
“When it is difficult to find the words, working with images can make it easier.”