Art therapy is a form of health therapy that is an alternative to traditional therapy using verbal communication. Art therapy focuses more on using art and art-creating processes as therapeutic interventions. Art is used as a form of psychotherapy much like verbal psychotherapy. Therapists have clients create art, and then interpret the symbolic expression communicated in the artwork. Art therapy is similar to other mental health therapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Health Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Adlerian Therapy and Person-Centered health therapy. The basic tenets of art therapy rely on creativity, reconciling a client’s emotional or psychological conflicts and creating personal growth through increased self-awareness.
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