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Art Therapy as an Emerging Approach to Mental, Physical and Emotional Concerns:Exploring advantages for its establishment in India

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Ms. Spriha Mukherjee1 Prof. (Dr.) Roopali Sharma2 Dr. Priyanka Tiwari3


Abstract Art Therapy is a formof psychotherapy that involves usage of art making as a part of therapeutic process to facilitate expression and insight creation on part of the clients during the session. This formof psychotherapy encourages expression and projection of emotions on part of the client in the most non-intimidating and noninvasive manner and hence yields to a safe space of interaction and sharing amongst both the therapist as well as the client. To understand the usage of Art Therapy as an Emerging Approach to Improve Mental, Emotional and Physical Health Concerns, given research study has an objective to reflect upon and understand the potential that art psychotherapy in positively influencing the management or improvement of mental, physical and emotional health concerns. The study is a non-quantitative systematic review comprising of analysis of fourteenstudies which were screened out of forty selected studies for review purpose. The studies were selected fromthe database available of the past ten years to ensure relevancy in results and conclusions derived. Results showed positive significant relationship existing between Art Therapy and Mental, Physical as well as Emotional health concerns such as improvement in mood, symptoms of depression, anxiety and physical pain, induced more relaxation, enhanced selfefficacy etc. The findings of the study supported that hypotheses and hence could be considered as a resource to furthersupport and encourage introduction and implementation of art therapy in India as a standard approach to psychotherapy. Art Psychotherapy or Art Therapy can be referred to as an emerging psychotherapy holding potential to serve mentalemotionaland physicalhealthconcerns.

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