Art therapy is the application of the visual arts and the creative process within the therapeutic relationship. Play therapy is the use of creativity and play in therapy to help the individual express themselves, their thoughts and feelings in a non-verbal way. The purpose is to support, maintain, or to improve upon the psychosocial, physical, cognitive, and spiritual health of people of all ages: Childhood through Adulthood.
Creative art and play therapists are credentialed professionals with training in the application of play and creativity, and human development in the therapeutic environment. They use play and specific art-based approaches when working with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and families.
Art therapy is an interpersonal experience where a therapist facilitates, guides, witnesses, and responds to an individual's art process and art expressions.
- In art or play therapy as in CBT, DBT, or short-term therapy... there is a helping professional and an individual, family or group seeking assistance from a therapist to make changes. The relationship between the therapist, individual, and the creative process is essential, and includes purposeful dialogue and specific therapeutic interventions in response to the therapeutic process.