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Art psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art to facilitate reflection, exploration and interactions within the therapeutic context.
In the UK, Art Psychotherapy is taught at a master's level (MA). Art Psychotherapist is a professional title protected by law and is statutory registered and regulated by Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). Art Therapy is a powerful and flexible psychotherapy, which can use art and art-making as part of the therapeutic process.
Images can ‘talk’, helping you to see things in a different way or even help you to see things you haven’t seen before.
The art work keeps a record of your progress throughout therapy. At any time you can go back to see, reflect upon or continue work done in previous sessions.
Art can be fun and therapeutic itself but, in the presence of and facilitated by a trained and skilled psychotherapist, it can also help you to reflect and convey your thoughts, feelings and heal.
This is a particularly helpful when words alone cannot express all; for instance when working with children or adults to process trauma.
Art psychotherapy does not depend on words alone and it can be helpful to anyone who may find difficulty in expressing themselves verbally.
An image can tell a lot better and in a lot more detail what could take a long time and be complicated to say in words.
An image can often reveal the complexity and interlink of many facets of the self.