what is art therapy?
Art therapy combines traditional clinical counseling methods and psychological theory with the creative process of art-making. Art is used to provide alternate forms of communication, promote psychological growth and explore different parts of self. One does not have to be an artist or have artistic abilities to benefit from art therapy. Its purpose is to integrate different parts of the self, raise awareness and restore physiological balance to a state of homeostasis through the process.
Who Can benefit from art therapy?
Art therapy has been successful in treating individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, loss & grief, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, addiction, behavioral disorders, gender identity issues and relationship issues. It is useful for people in every stage of development as well as couples and families.
Art therapy uses the creative process and the art object to help guide toward improved mental health and wholeness. The outcomes can include an improved sense of well-being, greater self awareness, reduced anxiety and decreased feelings of depression.
who conducts art therapy?
To conduct art therapy in the State of Texas, a clinician must be a registered art therapist (ATR) and hold a master's degree or higher in clinical mental health & art therapy. The Art Therapy Credentials Board governs the ethical and competent treatment of clients through the credentialing of art therapy professionals