What is Art Therapy? The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as: "an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. . Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change."
Do I need to be an artist to do art therapy? Definitely not! Art therapy is focused more on the process of creating art than the final product. No artistic background is required, just a willingness to experiment.
Will my art therapist interpret my artwork? As you are the creator and inspiration behind your artwork, only you can determine the meaning behind your artwork. With the guidance of your art therapist, you will explore potential meaning by looking deeper into how you created the artwork. Examples of potential meaning is your choice of art material, line quality, image themes or color.