Art therapy is the application of the visual arts and the creative process within a therapeutic relationship, to support, maintain, and improve the psychosocial, physical, cognitive and spiritual health of individuals of all ages.
(Cathy Malchiodi, 2012)
Art therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach to mental health and emotional wellness that is suitable for people across age, gender and ethnicities. Art therapy uses the inner values and wisdom of each individual, making it timeless and applicable to anybody who has a willingness to engage their creativity.
- No previous art experience necessary
Art therapy goes beyond the reaches of the usual approaches of common talk therapies. Art therapy continues past the limitations of words, capturing the form of inner turmoil and connecting this to creative solutions to problems.
Art therapy is:
- Good for brain health
- Applicable to diverse populations
- Suitable for many mental health and emotional difficulties
- Engages creativity and out of the box thinking
- Builds confidence and self- esteem
- Art therapy is fun and reduces stress
In most jurisdictions, art therapists are required to have Masters level education in psychotherapy, with additional focused training in using arts to facilitate resolutions and healing.
A typical art therapy session may include any or all of the following:
- Art therapy check in
- Art making, using one or multiple arts materials
- Check out, or processing of the art/ art making experience
Art therapists are trained to build collaborative relationships with their clients and assess and develop a plan to guide them to healing strategies through art.
Most art therapists work in an environment that has access to a range of arts materials, and will support each client in choosing the most effective methods for moving forward.
To find a Registered Art Therapist, search for art therapy groups near you.