Art therapy uses creative visual expression as a form of communication to expand self-awareness. It can help individuals to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and achieve insight. Art therapy can be used as both a primary and adjunctive treatment modality.
Art therapists are licensed mental health professionals trained in art and psychotherapy. They are trained in assessment, research, and treatment, as well as in the use of art as a therapeutic intervention.