What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which art media is used as a primary mode of expression and communication. It is an experiential approach that attends to the client's emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual well-being. Learn more here: https://www.anzacata.org/About-CAT

How is art therapy different from an art activity?

Although an art activity can be therapeutic, it is not art therapy. A key difference is the involvement of a therapeutic relationship where the art is not looked at as a final product but a reflection of oneself. An art teacher focuses on teaching art skills and techniques whereas a trained art therapist would keep in mind the client's needs while developing sessions.

Is it required to have prior experience in art-making?

People often think that they need to have art skills to join art therapy, however, no prior experience in art is required as it is used as a tool in therapy rather than a finished product

What is an art-therapist trained in? 

An art therapist is trained in art, human development, psychotherapy principles, and other psychology theories. They pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are expressed through art and the creative process. The art therapist has to undergo an accredited post-graduate program in order to practice art therapy as a clinician. 

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