Art therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic modality or psychotherapy that is common practice for treating substance abuse and mental health challenges. Creative arts therapy activates different parts of your brain as you partake in activities related to fine arts, such as music, theater, pottery, dance, painting, sketching, and journaling.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is used to help patients improve their cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster healthy self-esteem and increased self-awareness, cultivate a greater emotional resilience, promote valuable insights, enhance social skills and interpersonal effectiveness, and help the patient to reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.
These practical and helpful counseling services are administered by the art therapist, who will guide you as you navigate inner thought processes, natural impulses, and automatic responses to problematic stimuli or memories. A creative art therapist or professional art therapist will carry the proper licensure and either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.