Art Therapy Myths

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Common Misconceptions about Art Therapies:

Myth #1 – You have to be an “artist” to benefit from art therapy.

Art therapy is less about the finished product, and more focused on the creative process. Artistic capability is never judged, just like individuals are not judged during a therapy session. It is important to work on one’s relationship with art making and an art therapist will ensure that frustrations and apprehension is taken into consideration.

Myth #2 – Art therapists are not real therapists.

An art therapist is a trained psychotherapist who specialises in the use of art making and the creative process. Art therapists undergo similar training to other types of “talk therapists” but have additional training in using art within therapy.

Myth #3 – Art therapists will know all about you by interpreting the artwork.

The meaning of the artwork is derived directly from the individual, their personal associations and feelings. Art therapists are there to help the individual to achieve a greater understanding and consider multiple meaning within the artwork.

Myth #4 – Art therapy is only for children.

People of all ages, mental and physical abilities can benefit from Art Therapy. It is a practice that goes beyond rationalisations, tap into the unconscious and shed light on things an individual may not be able to express verbally. It is a way to gain greater self-awareness or relieve stress.

Myth #5 – Art Therapy is only for people who cannot communicate.

While Art Therapy is commonly used with young children or disabled adults who may have difficulty communicating in a traditional therapy environment, people of all ages can benefit from Art Therapy. Even educated adults may have trouble articulating their feelings and thoughts, and art can be an effective outlet for them.

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