What do arts therapists do?
Arts therapists use creative, arts-based processes as part of their therapeutic work with clients, to facilitate self expression, communication, self awareness and personal development. Arts therapists work within the mental health, allied health and human services professions.
The experience of expressing oneself through creative activity has been found to assist in the promotion of physical, emotional, cognitive and social integration and functioning. The consequent insights and personal understandings can be instrumental in facilitating change.
Creative modalites used by therapists may include visual art, clay work, dance or movement, music, narrative or storytelling, drama/psychodrama, creative writing, poetry and sandplay therapies.
Where do arts therapists work?
- Adult day treatment centres
- Community mental health centres
- Community residences and halfway houses
- Correctional and forensic facilities
- Drug and alcohol programs
- Early intervention programs
- General hospitals
- Nursing homes
- Outpatient clinics
- Psychiatric units and hospitals
- Rehabilitative facilities
- Senior centres
- Schools, educational institutions
- Wellness centres
- Private practice
What can the creative arts therapies assist with?
- Addiction and substance abuse
- Brain injury rehabilitation
- Chronic illness
- Depression and anxiety
- Family relationships
- Grief and loss
- Infant and child development
- Intellectual disability
- Learning difficulties
- Mental illness
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Prison rehabilitation
- Sexual abuse trauma
- Social and relationship problems
How can I find an arts therapist in my area?
Click here to our ‘Find a Therapist’ directory
How can I become an arts therapist?
Click here to visit our training page