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What is Art Therapy?  

Art therapy is a mental health profession using art materials, the creative process, and the created artwork within the therapy relationship. Making artwork can help you explore feelings and emotions, improve self-awareness, manage behavior or addictions, enhance social skills, brainstorm and set goals, or reduce anxiety.

A primary objective in art therapy is to improve or restore your functioning and sense of personal well being. Your art therapist will consider your goal(s) and a combination of psychological theory, art therapy counseling intervention and art materials to help guide you in your creative process.

Art Therapy is...

  • Focused on personal expression rather than artistic production.
  • Something anyone can do who is open to the creative process.
  • An alternate way to work on recovery and treatment issues.

Art Therapy is not...

  • Focused on making a specific project.
  • An art class from an art teacher.
  • An arts and crafts activity.
  • Only for people with artistic skills.
  • Diagnosing someone by interpreting their drawings.

American Art Therapy Association (2013). What is Art Therapy? Retrieved January 12, 2016, from
Art Therapy Credentials Board (2016). What is Art Therapy? Retrieved January 12, 2016, from

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