But I can't draw! Will art therapy be beneficial for me?

Art therapy doesn't require you to produce a piece of art in your session. No experience or training are required for you to take part. The therapist is experienced in both art and psychology, and is trained to lead you through the creative process in a therapeutic way.  You can work with difficult sensory, emotional and logical issues without directly accessing your "verbal filters".

If verbal counselling does not seem to meet your needs, art therapy may be more suitable for your particular situation.

Is there a difference between art therapy offered by an art therapist and art therapy offered by someone else?


Like any other mental health designation, art therapy should only be practiced by a qualified, trained art therapist. Other professionals (such as artists, teachers, social workers, nurses...) may think of art therapy as a description, rather than a clinical intervention. Some may even claim knowledge of the area, citing textbook chapters, modules or internet lessons. Although misrepresenting the profession is probably not their intention, practicing any intervention without the proper training may put vulnerable populations at risk. To protect the public and ensure accountability to clients, art therapists must follow national standards of practice as well as a national code of ethics. Art therapists are the only professionals who qualify for art therapy liability insurance.  

© 2019 by Sandra Hewitt-Parsons

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