What is Art Counselling?

Art therapy at Shoreline Counselling uses creative therapy techniques such as drawing, painting, collage making, colouring, or clay sculpting to help patients explore their inner self and develop a better understanding of their psychological state. Creative elements like imagery, colour, depth, and shape are all parts of our creative therapeutic process. It allows thoughts and feelings to be expressed in ways that would otherwise be difficult to verbally articulate.

Your counsellor will be able to decode the nonverbal messages in a person’s creative art from its symbols, and metaphors. Symbolism in creative art will help your counsellor have a better understanding of your feelings and emotions. Expressing one’ self can help resolve personal issues as well as develop and manage personal behaviours as well as reduce stress levels, and improve a person’s self-esteem and personal awareness.

You don’t need to be a talented, award-winning artist to benefit from art therapy at Shoreline Counselling. We can work with you to discover subliminal messages that are being communicated through your art and will aid in the healing process.

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    How does Art Therapy work?

    Art therapy/ counselling believes that self-expression through artistic creativity has therapeutic value for those who are seeking a deeper understanding of their personality and personal values. Art therapy goes beyond traditional psychotherapy and visual arts are often considered a stand-alone form of therapy, but it is also often used in combination with other forms of psychotherapy.

    Who can Art Therapy benefit?

    Art therapy can benefit people of any age, not just children. Our art therapists work with individuals, couples, families, or groups in an environment that does not judge the look and design of each piece but digs deeper into the meaning beyond the art.

    Art therapy can be used as a treatment for a wide range of mental disorders and psychological distress. It might be used alongside other psychotherapy techniques such as group therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy to produce a more effective result.

    Situations where art therapy can be beneficial include:

    Children suffering from behavioural or social problems at school or at home

    Adults experiencing severe stress

    Individuals suffering from a brain injury

    Children with learning disabilities

    Children or adults who have experienced a traumatic event

    People experiencing mental health problems

    Some conditions that art therapy may be used to treat include:

    Eating disorders

    Emotional difficulties

    Family or relationship problems

    Aging-related issues

    Psychosocial issues


    Substance use


    Medical conditions




    Psychological symptoms associated with other medical issues