About Art Therapy

WORK     PLAY     STRUGGLE     CREATE     DESTROY     FRUSTRATION     INSPIRATION
Art is a rich a metaphor for the way we travel through life.

CREATIVITY     IMAGINATION     EXPLORATION     MISTAKE     DISCOVERY     FUN
Art is a natural space for play, and play is a crucial ingredient for human development.

ART MATERIALS     PROCESS     TOOLS     TECHNIQUES 
Artmaking promotes mastery and mindfulness.

DISCOVER     ACCEPTANCE     EXTERNALIZE     ENERGY     JOY
Art is inherently healing.

ATTACHMENT     NON-VERBAL     REGULATION     ORGANIZE     INTEGRATION
Art therapy is highly effective in treating trauma.

INNER     OUTER     MEDITATION    IN THE BODY     BALANCE
Artmaking connects mind, body, and spirit.

VISUAL LANGUAGE     PERSONAL NARRATIVE     AWARENESS     TOLERANCE     ATTUNEMENT
Art deepens communication.

According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.

“Through creating and reflecting on art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

“Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy.  They are knowledge-

able about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to allied professionals. Art therapists work with people of all ages: individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. They provide services, individually and as part of clinical teams, in settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions; community outreach programs; wellness centers; schools; nursing homes; corporate structures; open studios and independent practices.”

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