What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a discipline that facilitates, encourages and supports the process of artistic expression and self-exploration in a safe therapeutic environment. Art therapy is a powerful tool that can be used to communicate with images, followed by words.
Through a combination of various art materials, techniques and psychotherapeutic approaches, images are brought forth into a symbolic presentation. As a person interacts with the visual image, emotions, experiences and memories become more clear and alive. Through written and/or spoken word a deeper understanding of feelings and needs is achieved.
What is the purpose of Art Therapy?
- Symptom and stress relief
Commonly asked questions
Who can benefit from art therapy?
Art therapy benefits people of different ages, backgrounds, circumstances and different abilities.
Is previous artistic experience required?
It is not necessary to have artistic talent in order to participate or benefit from art therapy.
Will my insurance reimburse art therapy as a service?
The majority of states require an art therapist to take a state or national exam and become licensed as a mental health counselor in order to be eligible for insurance reimbursement. Radmila Abram is a licensed mental health counselor in Iowa and is a provider for many insurance companies.
For more information about art therapy check the official website for the American Art Therapy Association at: https://arttherapy.org