About Arts Therapy
What is Art Therapy and Arts Therapies?
Advantages of the Arts Therapies The arts therapies can help people to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and achieve insight. Art and arts therapy can encourage clients to:
Common Misconceptions about Arts Therapies
Myth 1 – Artistic types are best suited to arts therapies
Arts therapies do not rely on artistic knowledge or ability. They work by accessing imagination and creativity, qualities which all human beings possess, in order to generate new models of living and contribute to the development of a more integrated sense of self.
Myth 2 – Arts therapies are without a scientific basis
Evidence-based and practice-based research is well-established in all the arts therapies including visual art therapy, dance and movement therapy, dramatherapy and music therapy. See our Publications and Research section.
Myth 3 – The therapist interprets the work in an art or arts therapy session
Asking people to reflect on their own creative work is an important part of an art or arts therapy process because it is understood that each individual brings his/her own cultural influences and personal experiences to their creative process. Client and therapist work in a collaborative manner aimed at empowering the person to discover their own meaning-making and to reach his/her fullest potential.
How to Find an Arts Therapist
If you would like to locate professionally qualified arts therapists in your region for yourself or for someone else, you will find an arts therapist directory listing therapists by region, state and country, by speciality, by reasons for therapy, and by approaches, on this website. Please go to our 'Find a Therapist' Directory.