As an augmentation or addition to conventional therapy and treatment, art therapy can have benefits for mothers who are suffering from postnatal (also called postpartum) depression. Here is how art therapy can help this sometimes very debilitating problem.
1. Remember it is not about talent. The therapist will guide you in the art project, although the feelings you express and how you express them are up to you. If you are seeking art therapy to help treat postnatal depression, you can relieve yourself of the notion of impressing people with your artwork. This is therapy, not an art gallery!
2. Creative arts do not have to mean painting and drawing. Dance, ceramics and sculpture can be part of art therapy too. Choose something that fits you and that you enjoy doing.