In the realm of therapy and self-discovery, we’ve witnessed the rise of various unique methods. Apart from the acceptance of the usual talk-based therapies we’ve opened up to drum circles, alternative therapies and even embracing the outdoors through wilderness retreats. Yet, amidst this diverse landscape, one modality stands out for its profound impact and versatility: Art-Based Therapy Sessions. In this blog, we’ll delve into the transformative power of art-based therapy activities, its benefits, and what sets it apart from traditional approaches like drum circle therapy (The use of group drumming repeatedly over a period of time to address a non musical or behavioual goal).

Art-based therapy activities encompass a wide range of expressive arts sessions, from painting and sculpting to music and movement. Unlike traditional talk therapy, which relies heavily on verbal communication, art therapy sessions engage individuals in a process of creative expression. Through painting, drawing, or even simply doodling, participants tap into their subconscious, bypassing the limitations of language to access deeper emotions and insights. I find it important to point out that simply engaging in these activities by oneself can be useful too but may not fall under the umbrella of therapy since there would not be a certified mental health professional supervising this process. Also indulging in this activity as a part of a one off workshop may be therapeutic but it will take focussed and sustained effort over a period of time for this activity to be called a therapy. 

One of the distinguishing features of art-based therapy or expressive arts therapy sessions is its emphasis on the process rather than the product. In a group art therapy session, for instance, participants are encouraged to focus on the act of creation itself, rather than worrying about the end result. This non-judgmental approach fosters a sense of freedom and exploration, allowing individuals to express themselves authentically without fear of criticism. Here the objective of the session or the feelings that come up during the process are much more important that the aesthetic value of the artistic creation. Thanks to the development and progress of these modalities we’ve experienced amazing results with the use of these methods to cope with mental health issues such as trauma, chronic illness and more… 

Moreover, art therapy sessions offer a unique opportunity for introspection and self-discovery. By externalizing their inner thoughts and feelings through art, participants gain a new perspective on their experiences, helping them to gain insight into their emotions and behaviors. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, or depression, providing a safe space for healing and growth. As is said, where words fail, art prevails. 

But what about the cost or investment of art therapy sessions? While the price may vary depending on factors such as location and therapist qualifications, many art therapy centers offer sliding scale fees or accept insurance, making it accessible to individuals from diverse backgrounds. And when compared to the cost of traditional therapy or medication, the long-term benefits of art-based therapy far outweigh the initial investment. It is important to be aware of the certification and qualifications of your therapist. During the initial session it is of utmost importance to be in the know about factors such as training, therapy style, expectations etc. This will help both therapist and client be on the same page and move in the same direction. 

So, what makes art-based therapy different from drum circle therapy or other expressive art therapy sessions? While both modalities share a focus on creativity and self-expression, art-based therapy offers a more versatile and customizable approach. Whether through painting, sculpture, music, or dance (creative movement), individuals can choose the medium that resonates most with them at that particular time, allowing for a truly personalized therapeutic experience.

In conclusion, art-based therapy represents a powerful tool for healing and self-discovery. By engaging in creative expression, individuals can tap into their innermost thoughts and emotions, gaining insight and perspective in the process. Whether you’re drawn to painting, sculpting, or drumming, there’s something for everyone in the world of art therapy. So why not explore the possibilities and discover the transformative power of creativity for yourself?

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If you’re interested in exploring art-based therapy further and would like to dip your feet in the ocean of arts & heath, consider participating in our monthly community drum circles in Pune. This usually happens on the 4th Sunday of every month and here’s where you can get a first hand experience of the therapeutic power of group drumming and various art based therapies or modalities. 

Come. Drum. Be One. 
Varun Venkit
Team Taal Inc.