What is Art Therapy?

July 10, 2024
July 10, 2024 Paige Blaha

What is Art Therapy?

According to the American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy is defined as “… a mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship”.

Art Therapy combines psychotherapy and the creative process by utilizing various psychological approaches and theories with art making.

Art Therapists have graduate-level training or higher, registered art therapists have additional training and supervision, and have completed a set number of client hours. An Art Therapist is accepted into the American Art Therapy Credentials Board and abides by the codes of conduct and standards of practice.

Who is it for?

Art Therapy Can help a variety of individuals, especially at a time of crisis when words or language are difficult to find such as in grief or trauma. Applicable for all ages, Art Therapy has been used in an array of settings from medical institutions and hospitals to independent practices.

What are the benefits?

  • Empowering by self-healing
  • Fulfillment
  • Satisfaction
  • Relaxation and Stress Relief
  • Symptom Relief
  • Self- Expression
  • Personal Development
  • Can improve cognitive function and emotional resilience

Do you have to be “good” at art?

You do not have to consider yourself ‘crafty’ or ‘artsy’ to engage in being creative. An art therapist is trained to introduce or support you in using mediums that fit your needs. We are all inherently creative and Art Therapy can allow you to connect to creative parts of yourself.

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