1. But, I am not an artist. Is art therapy for me?
The purpose of art-making in art therapy is self-expression and personal insight. All art is welcome here. Do you feel stuck or think no one understands what you are going through? Art therapy can help anyone express and explore aspects of life that are hard to put into words.
2. Will an art therapist tell me what my art means?
Art therapy is about discovering and creating personal meaning for yourself. Art therapists are not mind-readers who interpret work. They offer observations, pose wonders or ask open-ended questions to process what arises through the art.
3. Do art therapists teach people how to draw, paint, sculpt, etc.?
Art therapists facilitate creative expression and provide therapeutic interaction. While artistic skill may improve with exposure to art-making methods and materials, the goal of art therapy is personal expression and insight rather than skill and technique.
4. Art therapy is used with children and seniors, right?
Yes...and much more! Anyone open to expressing themselves through art can benefit from art therapy. There are art therapy groups and sessions suited to every age and stage in life. Art therapists format sessions according to the needs and goals of specific populations. See "Services" page for examples of art therapy settings and formats.
5. Is art therapy like occupational or physical therapy?
According to the Canadian Art Therapy Association,"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." OT and PT are separate health fields with specific training and objectives (See CAOT and CPA).