An Art Therapist? For me?

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There is good news!


Art therapy is not concerned how the art product turns out. ⁣⁣Yes, stick figures are just as good as realistic drawings in art therapy treatment. ⁣

For some clients, art therapy treatment doesn’t include drawing at all. Art therapy uses the language of metaphors.⁣
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The artwork you create does not have to be aesthetically pleasing or even finished. In my clinical experiences, I have used a variety of art therapy interventions with everyone from toddlers to life-sentenced elderly inmates.⁣⁣
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Many therapists use art in therapy, but only a handful in this area are certified and trained in clinical art therapy. When seeking art therapist for you or your child, I encourage folks to look for appropriate credentials and educational experience. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The American Art Therapy association is a great resource in finding a credentialed art therapist in your area. But art therapist friendly tip: the letters looks something like ATR, ATR-BC, ATR-P, and ATCS near or around their name. ⁣⁣
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If you don’t know — ask the therapist about their training — about art therapy credentials or anything otherwise. It is your time, your space, and deserve to find a therapist whom you have a clear sense of their education and training level. ⁣⁣