The relationship between psychoanalysis and art therapy was discovered in the 1960s when Jung used painting as part of his self-analysis and suggested it as one of the ways to 'get in touch' with the unconscious through active imagination and free association.
PER Counselling uses painting as art therapy and psychosocial support method help clients use imagery to express their emotions and thoughts through various kinds of art medium, and to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.
In art workshops, it is not important at all if a client is not familiar with painting or has concerns over his/her ability to paint as this activity does not look for aesthetic quality but attempts to facilitate the client's engagement in artwork and make him/her capable of communicating difficult situations and experiences. Painting helps to cope with the effects of the following
- Stress and Anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Loss and Bereavement
- Learning Disabilities
- Violence and Abuse