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Art as therapy
Painting heals, says U.S.-based art therapist Sangeeta Prasad
Her method of healing is different. The soft-spoken Sangeeta Prasad, is one of the few Indian art therapists the world over. Sangeeta, who’s based in Washington DC, uses art to bring solace to the emotionally distraught, the mentally and terminally ill.
“All of us at some point have used art to handle our various mental states. We experience a sense of achievement and release of tension when we engage in such a creative process. As children, we enjoyed drawing with crayons or making mud pots, drawing on the beach, the walls of a newly painted house or doodling on a page. We see art in temples and on billboards. Yet there is another form — art in healing. Art therapy is a tool to understand who we are and communicate our thoughts, feelings and emotions,” says Sangeeta.
What does an art therapy session involve?