What is Art Therapy? Working with people of all ages (including school-age children) the art therapist provides various art media such as paint, clay, collage and other materials to help people of all ages to express and explore their emotions, develop insight and make sense of difficult life experiences.
Art Therapy is an evidence-based mental health profession with a strong research foundation. It allows for alternative and additional means of communication and expression through the medium of creativity. Through creative communication and expression within the therapeutic relationship, individual clinical goals can be achieved.
Art Therapy can help with:
In an Art Therapy session, the art therapist provides various art media such as paint, clay, collage and other materials to help the person to express and explore their emotions, develop insight and make sense of difficult life experiences.
The Art Therapist holds a safe, confidential setting, and works in a non-judgemental way. Art therapy sessions are generally non-directive and person-led, though therapists may offer themes or directives. Sessions can take place in an individual or a group context.
Art Therapists are qualified health professionals trained to MA or MSC level and are accredited by the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT). They carry out assessments, design and implement therapy programs and evaluate outcomes with reference to the most up to date research base. Therapists undertake continuing professional development and regular clinical supervision.