Art therapists are the ones that conduct art therapy. Like mentioned before, you need a masters in art therapy as well as a degree in psychology or social work. Art therapists make anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 a year. Average being 40,000 although its higher based on experience. It’s also higher for those in private practices.
Do you need to be talented to have success in art therapy? No! You just need to be able to be expressive and not inhibited. As long as you let yourself access your inner self the therapy will be successful no matter how your art comes out. It is about where the art comes from inside you, not about the art that is created.
To become an art therapist you have to be a licensed psychologist or social worker first. You also need a minimum of a masters in a degree of art therapy. What you exactly need may vary from state to state.
Art therapy uses all sorts of artistic procedures such as drawing, painting, sculpture and collage and is used on all ages from children to elderly. It is used in hospitals, private health institutions and more. It is different from a regular art class because it focuses on the inner self; feelings, perceptions, and imagination. It differs because you have to express things that come from inside you versus things you see in the world.
Art Therapy is used to treat a range of disorders. A few examples of when it may be used or as follows:
- when a child has a learning disability
- when an adult has been experiencing a lot of stress
- when a child is suffering from social problems
- when a child is suffering from behavioral problems
- when one has mental health issues
- when someone has suffered from a brain injury
- when someone has experienced a traumatic event
Art therapy is used side-by-side with other types of psychotherapy such as group therapy or cognitive behavior therapy.
Now that we know what art therapy is, when did it originate? Art therapy originated in the Mid-20th century. It started when psychologists noticed that most patients expressed themselves through artistic methods. This lead to research in whether art had healing aspects to it. It has since been found to not only have healing aspects but be therapeutic and useful in some testing processes.
Art therapy is the use of art in psychology. It is using artistic processes to better the brain. It does this by involving the brain in self-expression which helps to self-express. Self-expression; helps to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and awareness and achieve insight.