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Art Therapy

A guide to finding resources and information about Art Therapy


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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica (2020) is “the use of creative processes as a means of aiding one’s well-being. Art therapies allow individuals to express themselves through creative means. Often the process of making art is the core of the process of art therapy: through the work, individuals can experience themselves as empowered, valued, able to achieve, and able to deal with a task. Art can articulate deep feelings and can bring unconscious issues to the fore. Group art therapy approaches can also foster social interaction.”

Encyclopædia Britannica (2020)   states that this therapy can include, “dance, music, theatre, drawing, photography, sculpture, and creative writing—have specialized art therapy approaches associated with them. One significant difference between “mainstream” art practices and art therapy is the status of the final product: concepts such as mastery, control, and commercial value are either not important or much less important than self-expression.”

Art therapy. (2020). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from


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