What is Art Therapy
Art Therapy is the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a trained art therapist who has completed at Masters in Art Therapy from an accredited University.
Art making can be an easier way of expressing how you feel other than language. The process of art making provides a more hands on approach in exploring emotions. Using the expressive arts.
What is the difference between art therapy and an art lesson?
Art Therapy is different than an art lesson as it is more about expressing how you feel. The most important thing is the process rather than the end result.
Do you have to be good at art?
Art Therapy is about expressing how you feel so it is not important to be skilled at art.
Are you going to analyse my picture?
Art Therapists are able to provide insights into what particular images and marks could indicate as part of their own assessment process. As it can give useful indication into what the person may be struggling with. Although they are also interested in helping a person find out what their creative works mean to them personally. As creative work can vary and our influenced by cross-cultural factors.It is powerful when a person can go on their own journey of self discovery.
Is art therapy just for children?
At ATIC we work with children and adults as art therapy can help all ages. The process of art making can help a child who struggles to talk about how they feel, It can also help an adult who feels stuck and ‘down’.
Is Art Therapy new?
Art Therapy as a modern profession which has been well integrated for over 50+ years. Although people throughout history have used art to tell stories and express moments in their lives. It developed in the UK and US, with well established training in the UK, US, Europe and Australia.
How do I become an art therapist?
To be an art therapist you need to have a Postgraduate or Masters in Art Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy. Practitioners should have the credentials AThR which stands for registered Art Therapist or ATR-BC board certified Art Therapist.
Music Therapists, Drama Therapists, Play Therapists and Dance and Movement Therapists should all have this two year postgraduate/masters level qualification so we recommend to check! As sometimes people say they are an Art Therapist when they have not had the training.
All Art Therapists, counselors and psychotherapists need to undertake their own therapy as part of their training.