What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a very young profession, yet for thousands of years art has been used to express emotional, cultural and spiritual needs. Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It is not about learning art techniques or the production of aesthetically pleasing pictures, nor are special artistic skills or talents relevant to the process.
Art Therapists are trained at Masters Level and are registered with a professional body: ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association.
Art Therapy is suitable for all age groups and is practiced in a variety of mental health institutions, also in prisons, nursing homes and schools. It has proved a valuable therapeutic tool for those who have suffered emotional, physical, substance and sexual abuse. It is used in the context of family therapy, social work, counselling and personal development.
Drawing, painting and sculpting can be a way to find answers to unresolved questions. They can provide nurturing, structure and inspiration in times of stress, burnout and disease. It can heal old wounds, transform emotional turbulence and show the way out of spiritual depression.
Art Therapy, similar to music therapy and drama therapy, has the invaluable advantage of allowing expression without words.