WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
"Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client's functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques." ~American Art Therapy Association, 2014
WHO ARE ART THERAPISTS?
Art Therapists are masters level professionals trained in both art and therapy. They use art in treatment, assessment, and research, and may provide consultations to allied professionals. Art Therapists can be recognized by having a master's degree in Art Therapy and/or hold the credentials Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC). These credentials issued by the Art Therapy Credentials Board are attained through post-graduate level supervision and successful completion of an exam.
DO I NEED TO BE AN ARTIST?
No artistic experience is necessary to participate in or experience the benefits from art therapy. Many people often think art therapy is just for kids; however, any art therapist will tell you that art therapy is for people of all ages. Do you have more questions about whether art therapy may be right for you? Call us at 239-297-7099 or email, one of our therapists will be happy to answer your questions.