Art Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment It is vital, because you can express your emotions. Many times eating disorder behaviors are used to numb the pain of not speaking up. Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art to deal with emotions and feelings that may not be able to be expressed verbally. Art therapy is a beneficial form of treatment for working with clients with eating disorders. Obsession with food and weight are often attempts to cope with unresolved emotional issues such as depression, rage, powerlessness, and loss. Art Therapy is also an expressive way that the client can get in touch with feelings about their relationships, past, emotions, body image issues, and inner world. The art can show you things about yourself that you may not consciously know. Art therapy is a special tool that can help provide access to those hidden feelings.
Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process of art is both healing and life-enhancing. It is especially useful for any client who may find themselves overwhelmed by the intensity of emotions that are difficult to face. Art gives the client an opportunity to explore these painful or intensive thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. At Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs™ we use a variety of art therapy techniques specifically designed to explore the issues that have led to obesity, compulsive eating, binge eating, bulimia, or anorexia. Emphasis will be on discovering new ways to nurture oneself.