Art Therapy is the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, coloring, mixed media, etc. to help with psychological disorders and enhance mental health. With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, individuals can explore the use of art, whether it is viewing or creating it, to better understand their emotions and feelings, develop coping skills, improve self-esteem, and develop social skills.
Art therapists What to Look for in an Art TherapistAn art therapist has the minimum of a master’s degree, generally from an integrated program in psychotherapy and visual arts at an educational institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The initials ATR after a therapist’s name means he or she is registered with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). The initials ATR-BC means the therapist is not only registered but has passed an examination to become board-certified by the ATCB.
When It's UsedArt therapy helps children, adolescents, and adults explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with a physical illness or disability. Art therapists work with individuals, couples, and groups in a variety of settings, including private counseling, hospitals, wellness centers, correctional institutions, senior centers, and other community organizations. No artistic talent is necessary for art therapy to succeed, because the therapeutic process is not about the artistic value of the work, but rather about finding associations between the creative choices made and a client's inner life. The artwork can be used as a springboard for reawakening memories and telling stories that may reveal messages and beliefs from the unconscious mind.
Music Therapy is an established health profession through which music is used as an effective tool for behavioral, emotional, psychological, and cognitive change. Music therapists have substantial college-level education and supervised clinical training experience in the ability to use music as its own format for assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
New Definition of Music Therapy from the World Federation of Music Therapy:“Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy are based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts” (WFMT, 2011).