Art therapy is a fairly new theoretical concept in psychology, beginning during the 1940’s, however people have been using art in a therapeutic way for thousands of years. Because it is fairly new in the field of psychology, the art therapy field is fairly small and growing. Many clinicians are realizing the value of incorporating expressive and visual arts into treatment with clients.
Any materials can be used during an art therapy session. Materials that are commonly used in art therapy directives include drawing and painting materials, clays, fibers, textiles, papers, digital tools, and natural and recycled materials. Art therapists create and use directives with clients, which are chosen based on the work that is being done in the session. The art therapists use techniques learned during their training to decide which materials and directives are a good fit for their clients.
I am trained in art therapy and I am currently working toward the Registered Art Therapy credentialing.