By expressing yourself though art, an art therapist can help you see things about yourself that you may not have otherwise comprehended. Art therapists can help you process emotions and feelings that you are struggling with, so you can begin healing.
Children and Art Therapy
Art therapy sets itself apart as a means of therapy by utilizing the creative process of art and having a low barrier to entry (anyone can be creative in some form or another).
Art therapy can be especially beneficial to young children as they are often less capable of expressing themselves effectively through words.
Adolescents and Art Therapy
Art therapy is a wonderful modality for adolescents who may have difficulty expressing emotions and who have difficulty identifying their inner-self and resolving conflicting feelings which may be contributing to anxiety, depression, and maladaptive behavior patterns.
Families and Art Therapy
Art therapy can be an effective modality to help identify and resolve conflicts within the family unit. It allows all members to contribute and participate in a meaningful way towards the process of healing, personal growth, and a sense of overall wellness.
It is the idea of self-exploration that can often lead a person to some insightful conclusions about themselves. Since art therapists are trained in both art and counseling, they are capable of guiding you through the art of creative expression.
Qualifications and Training
Art therapists must have a master’s degree among other requirements in the United States. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is the national association of art therapists that oversees regulatory and licensure laws for art therapists. Art therapists must not only have graduate training in psychology, but also studio art.