In counselling and psychotherapy art therapies encourage clients to use artistic expression to communicate their problems in different ways to their therapist.
The creative expression of art therapies has been found to assist in the recovery of mental distress. By using creative arts in a therapeutic setting with a specialist therapist clients are able to draw on their inner resources and express their thoughts and emotions without speaking.
Art therapies are types of psychotherapy that uses art and other artistic mediums to help people challenge their thoughts and emotions in a different way. The concept is to use art as the primary means of communication, something that can be useful for those who find it difficult to say how they feel.
These modalities are practical, use physical objects and require movement. This frequently enables people to experss more about how they view nd feel the world around them.
Art therapies can be beneficial to many groups of people including children, the elderly and those in custody. participants do not need to be good at art, drama or music as their work cannot be criticised as it is their expression of emotions being released.
We have included just three forms of art therapy here but others are available. You must work with someone with specialist training for this to be fully effective.
What qualifications does an Art, Drama or Music therapist need?
Art, Drama, and Music therapists or psychotherapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Their titles are legally protected, and only those individuals that are registered with the HCPC are allowed themselves an Art, Drama or Music therapist. They must be able to prove this.
There are spcialist professional bodies for art therapists and many are registered with UKCP.