What is Art Therapy?
Adapted From Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA)
- Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy utilising creative modalities, including visual art making and play, within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well being.
- Art therapists have been trained to work therapeutically using the visual arts, including drawing, painting, and sculpture.
- Art therapy has been recognised and regulated around the world by organisations such as the British Association of Art Therapists, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the American Art Therapy Association.
- Art therapy is traditionally based on psychoanalytic or psychodynamic principles, and most art therapists utilise varied practice-based and evidence-based theoretical frameworks in their work.
- Art therapy can be practiced with individuals as well as groups.
- Art therapy differs from traditional art making in that the emphasis is on the process of creating and meaning making, rather than on the end product.
- The therapist and client/s develop an interpersonal relationship through the arts process, with clear boundaries and shared intentions.