Art Therapist

Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process of artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy. Art therapy programs and art therapists are found in a variety of settings, including hospitals and clinics, social service and community agencies, wellness centers, educational institutions, veterans’ health facilities, and private practices. Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, and families to assess and treat the following:
• Anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional conditions
• Substance abuse and other addictions
• Family and relationship issues
• Abuse and domestic violence
• Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
• Trauma and loss
• Physical, cognitive, and neurological conditions
• Psychosocial difficulties related to chronic illnesses
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