Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to aid in areas such as, but not limited to: fostering self-expression, create coping skills, manage stress, and strengthen sense of self. Art therapy has provided mental health treatment for clients who have experienced trauma, grief & loss, depression, major life change, chronic illness, and anxiety. It is important to state that being "good at art" is not necessary to benefit from art therapy. Art-making takes place from within.
Art therapists are Master level mental health professionals trained in the use of art and media, as well as psychological and counseling approaches. Art therapists work with a range of populations including: children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families. Art therapists work in mental health agencies, school districts, community programs, residential treatment programs, shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, hospices, wellness centers, and in private practice. Learn more about art therapy here.