The use of colour through art therapy is therapeutic, art therapy is a powerful tool of self discovery and empowerment. Art therapy supports the client in expressing their inner most thoughts and feelings from their sub concious via pictures and colour psychology. It is particularly useful when clients are unable to express themselves verbally or are not aware of the problem at hand. Using the combination of art therapy with colour psychology expertise is an effective way of encouraging children and adults to express their innermost thoughts and feelings without the need for words.Qualified and experienced practitioners also use colour psychotherapy in a art therapy session to support their client.
Art making and interacting when creating helps people to tell their stories and to express themselves, especially when it may be difficult to express themselves verbally. In a safe evironment with directional guided art therapy using colour psychology skills and expertise people can find their voice. We now know image language comes before verbal language, therefore the importance of colour psychology, creativity and art therapy for health well-being and self development should not be under estimated. June combines mandalas and art therapy with her extensive knowledge of colour, colour psychology and art therapy to guide the participant from the outset, directing the picture content, not the placement nor the colour choices. By working together to discuss the completed project June and client or June and student can have a three way conversation together with the completed image as the meaning emerges.There are real skills involved in maximising the benefits of art therapy , the colours and colour psychology, both interpersonal and creative that are tremendously valuable. Understanding therapeutic relationship is the most important skill in helping people. With art therapy, the colours and colour psychology we work with people rather than do things to them.
"I have worked extensively with people using all my skills, they include, colour, colour psychology, art therapy and psychology over the years and have yet to be disappointed at the outcome" June McLeod.
This can be particularly effective when people are unable to talk or verbalise how they are feeling due to past hurts or painful experiences.
Using art therapy by putting colour to paper using pastels,pencil or paints is therapeutic and allows freedom of expression and an opening of the sub concious mind. Art therapy is the process of putting colour to paper that is important and not the final outcome. Art Therapy is a combination of art, colour psychology with a smattering of colour psychotherapy and can be enjoyed by everyone. In the hands of a professional the final art therapy assessment is revealing and informative with guidelines on how to go forward using colour psychology methods and exercises to support the art therapy session.
As part of a course of treatments art therapy may be introduced, a fully qualified Colour Psychology practitioner may ask their client to paint a particular scene or colour freehand. Using art therapy expertise the Colour Psychologist can interpret the complete picture by first looking at the colours chosen by the client, where they are placed and the images they have drawn.The placement of content, the depth of the colours used and variation each tell their story. Colour psychology is an integral part of the work, process and guides the final outcome of the art therapy session.