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What is Art Therapy?

  • Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories, and techniques.

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  • Benazir Sardar ’20

    Art making has been a natural inclination since childhood, as has my love for people. Learning how to support others through the magic of creation is an honor!

  • Tessa Turner ’20

    “I believe it is my duty to use my privilege within society to promote equality and power for those within marginalized communities.”

  • Kathleen Steele-Puma ’21

    “As an art therapist, transparency and genuine adherence to self-reflection require an understanding of the implied freedoms to make choices that otherwise remain elusive to people of color and marginalized communities.”

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