Art therapists are Masters’ level mental health professionals trained in the use of art and media, as well as psychological and counselling approaches. Art therapists work with a range of populations including: children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families. Art therapists work in mental health agencies, school districts, community programs, residential treatment programs, shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, hospices, wellness centres, and in private practice.
...Art Therapy can effectively help to bridge intercultural communication gaps and may be easier to introduce in Asian cultures and in Singapore thanks to its less stigmatic image....
Art Therapy in the Netherlands and Europe
Art Therapy is rapidly becoming a popular and well accepted stream of psychotherapy in United States, Europe and Australia. It is also developing with speed in the rest of the world. Art Therapy comprises of several practices such as Visual Art Therapy, Dance, Drama, and Music Therapy.
Art Therapy is a post graduate degree offered by dozens of universities in Europe. It is regulated in Europe through local associations and councils. These organisations typically require a post graduate degree to practice clinical Art Psychotherapy.
In the Netherlands, Art Therapy is governed by the FVB, Federatie Vaktherapeutische Professions, and is offered at a handful of Dutch universities as a post graduate degree.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as, but not limited to:
• fostering self-expression
• creating coping skills
• managing stress
• strengthening sense of self
Art therapy has provided mental health treatment for clients who have experienced trauma, grief & loss, depression, chronic illness, substance abuse, and more.
Art and Psychotherapy
Art has the potential to change lives, and often in profound ways. When words are not enough, we turn to images and symbols to tell our stories. And in telling our stories through art, we can find a path to health and wellness, emotional reparation, recovery, and ultimately, transformation.
This form of therapy offers clients opportunities to communicate, understand and reflect on their responses to life experiences. The clients use both verbal and non-verbal means of exploring and expressing thoughts and feelings. Clients can use a range of art materials (drawing, painting, clay, collage etc.) and processes in order to express and think about the feelings linked to the difficulties in their lives. The opportunities for non-verbal communication offered by working with the materials is especially helpful for people who find it difficult to put their thoughts and feelings into words. It can also be a useful support for highly verbal people.
The art materials are used for self-expression and deepening understanding. The emerging art works are generally not suited to exhibition and display. They often reflect deep personal experiences that are communicated within the confidentiality of the therapeutic relationship. Prior experience with art making is not necessary.
....In telling our stories through art, we can find a path to health and wellness, emotional reparation, recovery, and ultimately, transformation.....
Art Therapy vs Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is talk therapy and requires no motor functions to participate in the therapeutic process. However, the use of motor and sensory functions in a therapeutic process can serve as a supplementary non-verbal mean of communication between the client and the practitioner. Art Therapy can further help to stimulate important parts of the brain, and, thereby, facilitate involvement in the therapeutic process more easily, more naturally, and more fully, as with Art Therapy. Traditional Art Therapy also uses talk therapy, along with visual/motor/sensory functions either to facilitate communication and move easily into brain function, via visual/spatial/ motor/sensory involvement. Using the arts in psychotherapy is an emerging field that has gained international acceptance. It requires post graduate studies that involve a significant portion of psychotherapy courses and practice. Practicing requires often accreditation from local associations and councils. Clinical Art Therapy requires procedures similar to psychotherapy such as customer confidentiality and supervision.