“Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well‐being of individuals of all ages.” (American Art Therapy Association, 2012)
Art therapy generally has similar goals and values as traditional psychotherapy, aiming to develop self-awareness and healthy strategies to deal with personal challenges. It integrates traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with a unique understanding of the creative process and its ability to aid in the healing process. Art Therapy relies on self-expression to awaken an individual’s own problem solving capacities. Guided by a professional art therapist, the creative process can be insightful and therapeutic.
Art therapy is not an art class, although the sessions can be enjoyable and educational. The focus is not on the esthetics of the end product, but rather on the whole process of creation.