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The art therapist gives the persons the opportunity and the space to explore their image. The alteration between thought and emotion is of extreme importance to the therapeutic process.

The art therapy helps adults in stress managing, processing traumatic experiences, enhancing the cognitive memory, neurosensory skills and interpersonal relationships, in addition to achieving greater self-awareness. The therapeutical and harmonical connection between the therapist and the person seeking therapy plays a vital role.

Art therapy is emotional and cognitive, verbal and non-verbal. It is a method that can re-construct a bridge between the two hemispheres of the brain. It opens the way to express emotions and beliefs that are inexplicable in any other way. A design can be revealing in cases of serious illnesses and extremely useful so as to decide on the personalized, appropriate program for each individual patient.

The relationship that is formulated in art therapy among the curing person, the image and the therapist, lies in the idea that art is therapeutic when this takes place within the therapeutical relationship. The dialogue will lead to the revelation of the concept of the work of art, which was created during the time they spent together.

 Creative experiences strengthen the function and the structure of the brain during old age, too. Maintaining a high level of cognitive skills and physical functions, as well as participating in living, constitute important factors of a normal aging. Senior persons, through a creative self-expression, increase the number of the connections among brain cells, in which the cells of memory and response are included. Creativity is a challenge of increasing the skills and offering a greater span of active life.

The multisensory experience of art activates, releases and helps people experiment on offering their own satisfaction. Art therapy offers people the unique experience to get involved in the creative process so as to make it easier for them to communicate, manage emotions and participate in a process of re-evaluating life.

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