What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychology with the arts and creative processes to support clients’ psychological health, cognitive abilities, and overall functioning. Art therapy has the unique ability to unlock emotional expression by facilitating non-verbal communication. This can be useful when integrated with other forms of therapy, or in cases where traditional psychotherapy has not been effective.
Art and Verbal Language
Creating art is a perceptual and sensory experience, which engages the brain and body differently than verbal language. Art therapy provides a way to safely manage thoughts and emotions. This can be especially useful for those who can’t find the words to express anxiety, depression, trauma, loss of brain function, adjustment and/or changes in health. Art therapists assess psychological health and how the use of art media can help people resolve conflicts, develop skills, manage or transform behavior, reduce stress, improve self-esteem and attain deeper insight.
Who can use art therapy?
The benefits from art therapy are accessible to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan, without prior artistic experience. Art therapists know the therapeutic potential of various art materials, colors, and textures to work with a diverse range of clients.
Art therapists assess psychological health and how the use of art media can help
An understanding of human development allows art therapists to create developmentally appropriate interventions using various forms of art media.
Art Therapists undergo rigorous clinical training with individuals, families, and groups and must attain a master’s degree to meet credentialing standards. For more information about art therapy, please visit https://arttherapy.org/