What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy (or Art Psychotherapy) is a type of psychological therapy that uses art-making as a way of communicating thoughts and feelings. It offers a safe space to explore difficult or confusing emotional issues that may be causing distress. The overall aim of Art Therapy is to reflect on your difficulties, helping you to better understand yourself, learn new ways of coping, become more resilient, increase self-esteem and bring about positive change in your life.
What is an Art Therapist and what do we do?
In the UK, an Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist is an individual who has a Masters Degree in Art Therapy on a British Association of Art Therapist (BAAT) approved course and is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
Art Therapists work with people of all ages with a wide range of difficulties, disabilities and diagnoses. These can include emotional, behavioural & mental health problems, people with learning or physical disabilities, neurological conditions and physical illness.
Art Therapy can be delivered in groups or a 1:1 basis. Art Therapy sessions are different to art lessons or recreational activities such as arts and crafts. This doesnt mean that it is not enjoyable though. You dont have to have any art making skills to benefit from Art Therapy the focus is on the emotional content of the process, not the finished article.
Art Therapy uses a wide range of different psychological approaches to tailor the treatment for each individual based on what you want and what difficulties you have brought to therapy.