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.
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.
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.
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.
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.