Art has been used for centuries as a healing tool.


Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process is healing.


According to the American Art Therapy Association,

“Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions,develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.”


Through trusting the process of art making in a safe holding environment one can express their world view.


Art Therapy encourages one the opportunity to tap into creative resources and communicate through the arts...  Art is a powerful language.


What are the benefits of art therapy?

  • improves confidence,
  • increase self-knowledge,
  • reduces stress,
  • helps build positive coping skills,
  • provides an outlet for feelings,
  • helps one to explore feelings that are difficult to put into words,
  • addresses personal concerns at an individual's own pace,
  • restores balance, energy, and trust
  • and much more


For more information visit:

http://www.americanarttherapyassociation.org




Elva Anderson, Ph.D., ATR, LPC