It is important to note that the Art therapist does not interpret but rather, supports and encourages the client's creative process of exploration. This is a shared, verbal dialogue which links creativity, empathy, and affectivity together. As a result, there is a strengthening of the real experience of being connected, listened to, and understood.
Sharing meaningful exchanges without criticism or judgment builds respect, trust, and emotional safety. When creativity links with empathy (compassionate capacity to feel other's experience) and affectivity (capacity to give and receive love), you strengthen a sense of belonging in the world, which is the real experience of connectivity.
Via Edwin Rutsch