Art Therapy (otherwise known as art psychotherapy) is a therapy which combines traditional spoken psychotherapy with creative expression, using the creative process as a further tool for communication; the aim is to reach a better understanding of oneself and to achieve a greater sense of well-being.
The foundations of art therapy can be found in psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic concepts, as well as relying heavily on the diagnostic elements of psychology.
Professional art therapists will undertake a one year post-graduate Diploma and two year Master at an accredited university, with rigorous supervision and long-term placements in public institutions.
As a profession, art therapy has existed as a common treatment method for psycohological difficulties in Britain and the USA since the 1950s, and today it is widely used in schools, hospitals, mental health services and private practices throughout the world.
A common misconception is that art therapy is for people who are good at art. In fact, anyone can benefit from art therapy because it is about working with the creative process. This process is used, as in other forms of psychotherapy, to reflect on the person´s situation in the current moment and to find ways of moving forward.