The Benefits of Family Art Therapy to Strengthen Relationship and Communication


11/28/20232 min read

people running on grassfield under blue skies at daytime
people running on grassfield under blue skies at daytime

Art therapy is a form of therapy that utilizes the creative process of making art to foster mental and emotional well-being. It has show good clinical effects on mental health when conducted as an alternative non-pharmacological therapy (Hu et al., 2021). Family art therapy can provide numerous benefits, particularly in strengthening relationships and improving communication within a family.

Understanding Family Members

One focus of family art therapy is the focus on understanding each family member. Through the creative process, family members can express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences using symbols, colours, lines. Each family member will be given space to be seen and heard in a safe space. Art therapy provides a safe and non-judgmental space for family members to express themselves freely. It encourages them to tap into their creativity and use various art materials to communicate what might be difficult to express with words. It can be easier for a family member to express a big and difficult emotion through art, rather than with only words.

Strengthening Communication

Family art therapy also focus on strengthening communication. It provides an opportunity for family members to interact and express themselves freely. The act of creating art together fosters a sense of collaboration, empathy, and understanding.

Through art-making, family members can learn to listen and respond to each other in a more attentive and compassionate manner. The visual nature of art allows for a tangible representation of thoughts and emotions. This can make it easier for family members to communicate and connect on a deeper level. This can lead to increased empathy, improved problem-solving skills, and a stronger sense of unity within the family.

Strengthening Relationships

By engaging in a creative and collaborative process, family members can build trust, enhance emotional intimacy, and create shared experiences. Art-making and creating together can be a bonding activity that allows family members to connect. This shared experience can foster a sense of belonging and closeness, ultimately strengthening the family bond.

Family art therapy offers an avenue to strengthen relationships and improve communication within a family. By utilizing the creative process, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of their family members' perspectives and experiences. Through art-making, family members may enhance their communication skills, develop empathy, and build stronger relationships. If you are looking for a novel way to connect with your family members and work towards a common goal, consider participating in family art therapy.


Hu J, Zhang J, Hu L, Yu H, Xu J. Art Therapy: A Complementary Treatment for Mental Disorders. Front Psychol. 2021 Aug 12;12:686005. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.686005. PMID: 34456801; PMCID: PMC8397377.