What is Art Therapy?

Mental Health Matters

Introduction

Art therapy (not to be confused with arts therapy, which includes other creative therapies such as drama therapy and music therapy) is a distinct discipline that incorporates creative methods of expression through visual art media. Art therapy, as a creative arts therapy profession, originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy and may vary in definition.

There are three main ways that art therapy is employed:

  • The first one is called analytic art therapy. Analytic art therapy is based on the theories that come from analytical psychology, and in more cases, psychoanalysis.
    • Analytic art therapy focuses on the client, the therapist, and the ideas that are transferred between the both of them through art.
  • Another way that art therapy is utilised is art psychotherapy.
    • This approach focuses more on the psychotherapist and their analysis of their clients artwork verbally.
  • The last way art therapy is looked at is…

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