Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses personal image making to help clients discover an outlet for often complex and confusing emotions. Sometimes our most important thoughts and feelings are hard to express in words alone, and the process of personal image making can access parts of ourselves that we need to explore.
In art therapy, art materials are used to play and experiment with. Such materials include paint, drawing materials (pastels, pens, pencils etc), clay, collage and other mixed media/objects. Time is always taken to discuss and reflect on what is important to you. You do not need to have had any experience of making art before and may not wish to make images every session. The art therapist does not impose interpretation – rather you work together to discover what your imagery means to you.
Art therapy is a regulated profession and in the UK, only those who are appropriately qualified and registered by the Health Professional Council (HPC) may legally describe themselves as art therapists or art psychotherapists. Membership of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is only open to registered art therapists and art psychotherapists.