About Art Therapy
We have all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words." This can be particularly true when it comes to emotions. Art therapy is powerful because it uses images as a way to express thoughts and feelings that are hard to put into words. The act of expressing experiences and feelings through visual, tangible images is an extraordinarily healing process. It is beneficial for adults, adolescents and children.
Some people are intimidated by the idea of creating artwork, but it is important to know that art therapy has nothing to do with skill or talent. Anyone can use images to help tell his or her story, and experience tremendous benefits from the experience.
Art therapy is widely used in schools, hospitals, and private practices, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated through research and clinical experience. Art therapists have special training and credentials, overseen by the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Registered Art Therapist (ATR) is the credential that ensures an art therapist has completed graduate-level education in art therapy and gained supervised clinical experience.