What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a human services profession that uses the process of creative art expression to enhance overall well-being and health. The artistic process is used as a tool to express and explore thoughts, feelings and emotions that may be difficult to articulate verbally.
A trained art therapist works collaboratively with clients, supporting them to use the art process to address challenges, set goals and gain new perspectives and insights in their lives.
Do I need to be artistic? What art materials are used?
No previous art experience is required. The focus of art therapy is on the process of creating art rather than on the final product. Artwork is used as a tool for self-expression rather than as a means to develop particular art techniques.
A variety of art materials are used. Clients may have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, collaging, sculpting, and more.
Who is Art Therapy for?
Art therapy is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including children, youth, adults and seniors. Some common reasons for seeking art therapy support include:
- life challenges and transitions
- dealing with stress
- grief & loss
- desire for personal growth
- desire to explore creative potential
What qualifications do Art Therapists have?
Art Therapists in Canada must have a master’s degree or master’s level diploma in Art Therapy in order to practice as a professional art therapist and register as a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA).
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