By creating art (e.g., paintings, sketches, sculptures), participants are able to materialize their experiences in ways that lead to the following kinds of insights:
- Revelations: in the moment, participants often realize uncomfortable or distressing aspects of their experience that were previously outside of conscious awareness
- Crystallizations: some aspect of experience that was vague and haunting becomes clarified and understood with a new clarity and perspective.
- Unmasking: Experiences that were understood in one way come to be understood in a wholly new light, as if the truth of the experience has become “unmasked” for the first time.
Overall, the creation of art pieces under the skillful guidance of an Art Therapy-trained Moderator permits unparalleled access to aspects of the patient experience that patients are unable to verbalize.