What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is the clinical and evidence based use of art interventions to accomplish individualized goals within the context of a therapeutic relationship. Art therapy uses art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork as a therapeutic and healing process to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
An art therapist’s education is well grounded in both art and art therapy in addition to human development, counseling, and psychotherapy. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth. (The American Art Therapy Association)