As adults, we can often rely on our intellectual and rational sides to solve issues, but art therapy is saying “no, that’s not always the best way”. We actually want to tap into our imagination and our intuition and our bodily experience for healing.
Art Therapy is an established mental health profession that uses artistic mediums to improve or restore mental, emotional, and physical health.
Art Therapists use techniques that access different areas of the mind to traditional talk therapies. Our brains process sensory and creative processes differently than verbal input. This gives Art Therapists a unique tool with which to help clients explore both the physical and emotional aspects of their conditions.
In Australia, Art Therapists are specifically represented by the professional bodies ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association), and ACATA (Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association). These professional bodies, along with the ACA (Australian Counselling Association) and PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) develop ethical, professional, and educational standards for the profession and provide accreditation for Art Therapy coursework.
Art Therapy is practiced in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, prisons, senior living centers, and inpatient facilities.
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This article has been updated and originally appeared in Living Now.