Art therapy

«The external is the internal raised to a state of mystery.»


What is art therapy?

The goal and purpose of art therapy, a method used in psychotherapy, is to find the images inside a person's mind, to identify them as an expression of the depths of that person's very being, to modify them, perhaps even to transform them totally. The act of creating art, painting and forming, at the same time exploring the feelings inside and moving towards self-awareness, is the most original form of communication with the soul.

Focus of therapy

  • Individual therapy of people with cancer and their families
  • Art therapy as a form of depth psychology
  • Painting therapy
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Counselling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Stressful situations
  • People in a state of exhaustion
  • People with chronic pain
  • Body awareness after surgery

Painting therapy

In painting therapy, artistic expression can be used as a form of diagnosis, therapy and prevention. Visual perception is trained, concentration and creativity are developed.


The aim is always to transform perceptions and the images inside.
Art therapy uses this approach as a systematic method for analysing, experiencing and modifying behaviour by identifying the images and inner symbols that are laden with conflict and encouraging the patient to explore new ways of experiencing them.

This totally elementary way of approaching the nature of an individual allows art therapy to step in where there is no means of putting things into words because, for example, the associated emotions are still too vague, too complex, too dangerous or too shameful.

When is art therapy used?

The main focus of this form of therapy is the treatment of:

    • Patients trying to cope with cancer
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Coping with life crises
    • Depressive disorders
    • Coping with severe trauma and abuse
    • Bullying in the workplace/school
    • Mourning

    Individual and group therapy

    Art therapy can be provided for individuals or groups of adults, children or adolescents. A group consists of six people (a maximum of four for children's groups) who have been selected to join that group on the basis of preliminary discussions.

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