Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Art is used as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.

Another main aspect of art therapy, is the value of developing a trustworthy and safe therapeutic relationship which sets the foundation for transformation to take place. 

Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients might be experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.


Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies, and socially engaged practice.

Importantly, art therapy practice has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it.


For more information about art psychotherapy visit the website of the British Association of Art Therapists below.


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