Research around the world is growing in support of art therapy’s effectiveness with reducing symptoms of pain, anxiety, trauma and more. The Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) publishes a research journal as does the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Art therapy masters and masters-level programs, which are required to practice as an art therapist, include research classes as well as a thesis or project. Qualitative and quantitative results are available for many populations; here are links for just a few examples: children, cancer patients, adults, and the AATA has a 54-page outcomes bibliography. A Google search will bring up books and research about art therapy including general resources and for specific populations or concerns. If an evidence-based approach is important to you and you’re considering art therapy, ask the art therapist: How they support client values and expectations; about their expertise; and how they apply research findings and resources. Not unlike other psychotherapies, art therapists can work with you to develop a treatment plan with measurable goals and objectives and within a time frame based on your expectations.
As a registered art therapist for more than 11 years, I offer counselling through individual sessions or groups for all ages and concerns. Art therapy is a method to explore issues using the creative process that does not rely on words for someone to experience benefits. This is especially helpful for someone who finds it difficult to explain or describe complex experiences, emotions, and thoughts. Here’s a link to articles describing how people benefit from art therapy: https://arttherapy.org/upload/outcomebibliographyresearchcmte.pdf
You don’t have to be an artist to participate! There are lots of materials to choose from and I can suggest activities if you’re not sure where to begin.
For more information about me and my practice check out the links above, call me at 306-717-4811, or email email@example.com.
I acknowledge and am grateful for the Treaty Six Territory and homeland of the Métis on which I live and work.