Techniques used in art therapy can include drawing painting coloring sculpting or collage as clients create art they may analyze what they have made and how it makes them feel through exploring their art people can look for themes and conflicts that may be affecting their thoughts emotions and behaviors people do not need to have artistic ability or special talent to participate in . Art therapy is the purposeful use of visual arts materials and media in intervention counseling psychotherapy and rehabilitation it is used with individuals of all ages families and groups . Samhsas substance abuse treatment group therapy guide describes art therapy as a type of expressive group therapy that can help people express their thoughts and feelings that they may not be able to say with words this therapy is especially helpful for people who have underlying psychological issues related to their addiction such as a history of abuse. If a project like this is used in a group or therapy setting practitioners could ask the participants about their word choices chosen themes or interpretations of the poems frank 2014 5 the family sculpture activity the family sculpture exercise is a popular art therapy activity that exists in many other therapy types such as family therapy though in a modified form it is
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