The creation of art in a therapeutic setting can be an invaluable for self-reflection, expression and building self-esteem.
Participants in The Buttery Private program, working with counsellors are encouraged to create art. This can deepen self-awareness, provide insight and an avenue for self-expression. Art practice can give people access to their deeper selves.
Art as therapy has long been used to help people with substance misuse and mental health issues to express emotions, particularly negative emotions. Many people self-medicate with drugs and alcohol as a way of dealing with difficult emotions and situations. Discovering an alternative way to express emotions, and work through difficult situations can be of lasting benefit.
Participants are given the opportunity to engage with themselves through art.