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Cognitive Benefits of Art Therapy


Cognitive Benefits of Art Therapy

There are countless types of art, and art in its many forms can be beneficial for mental health.

Art therapy is an increasingly common path of mental health recovery, with many patients at our mental health program in Boca taking advantage of our art therapy programs. There is a strong connection between art therapy and mental health, with art therapy helping to reduce and even eliminate many mental illness symptoms.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a process in which patients produce art under the guidance of a therapist or art therapy professional. During art therapy, patients may write, paint, sculpt, or express themselves in other artistic ways. The key is for patients to produce whatever they are feeling in a judgment-free setting. There may be guidance, such as writing prompts or themes for the artwork, but patients are encouraged to use their creativity.

Why Is Art Therapy Good for the Brain?

Creativity helps us approach the world differently with a renewed perspective, and the creativity required for art therapy can help patients who are struggling with addiction, mental health disorders, or other challenges. Creativity uses regions throughout the brain, including the frontal lobe which is connected to regions of the brain responsible for problem solving, memory, and more.1

Benefits of Art Therapy for Mental Health

In addition to growing creativity, art therapy benefits mental health in many other ways. Creating art can help increase the brain’s release of dopamine and improve the artist’s self-esteem, which are both integral to fully treating many mental health disorders.2

There are additional benefits of art therapy for mental health with art therapy helping patients to relieve stress, develop better communication skills, and diminish the rate of cognitive decline often associated with aging.3

Finding Art Therapy Programs

At Banyan Treatment Centers Boca Raton, we offer therapies and programs for addiction treatment in Boca Raton. Our art therapy programs help patients heal with the proven benefits of art therapy and mental health. In addition to art therapy, we offer additional therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and equine-assisted therapy in Boca Raton.

The mental health benefits of art therapy are enhanced by taking additional approaches to treatment. Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about our therapy programs.


  1. National Center for Health Research - “Study Drug” Abuse by College Students: What You Need to Know
  2. NCBI - Creativity, brain, and art: biological and neurological considerations
  3. Rtor - Creativity and Recovery: The Mental Health Benefits of Art Therapy
  4. Harvard Health - Healing Power of Art
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