Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of
Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or
skill in art, the art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic
or diagnostic assessment of the client's image. The overall aim of its practitioners
is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the
use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.
The relationship between the therapist and the client is of central importance, but
art therapy differs from other psychological therapies in that it is a three way
process between the client, the therapist and the image or artefact. Thus it offers
the opportunity for expression and communication and can be particularly helpful
to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.
“Originally when I joined the art therapy, I didn’t really know what to expect. So....
I thought I’d just go along, give it a try and... If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t
have to go back again... But actually, I did enjoy it. I found it really helpful.”