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what is art therapy?


“The art process offers one of the few ways we human beings have found to utilize and to synthesize all or ourselves-

body, mind and spirit.”

Judith Rubin,

Art Therapist, Author

"Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding.

Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. 

There are certain qualifications required of art therapists.

In Canada and the United States, art therapists must have at minimum a master’s degree or a master’s level diploma in art therapy before identifying themselves within the profession. This graduate level education includes supervised clinical practicum hours (minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours and at least 350 of these hours should involve direct client contact), thus ensuring the safety of the client as well as professional liability for agencies and employers offering this form of therapy.

The American Art Therapy Association Research Committee has created a Research Outcome Bibliography on outcome and single-subject studies in art therapy to support the practice of art therapy through providing empirical evidence of its use."

Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)


Art therapy is not about creating a perfect image.

No art making skills are required,

just a sense of curiosity. It is about the process. It is about exploration. Art therapists do not interpret your work. 

Art making promotes embodiment (mind body connection), regulation, as well as it engages both hemispheres of the brain. 

Art therapy promotes meaning making, expression and listening to self.