Art Psychotherapy

by NHS Tayside


Art Therapists engage with arts activities aimed at promoting creative expression and understanding in the context of a therapeutic relationship.
Practitioners combine knowledge of their relevant art form (art, drama, music) with knowledge and practice of psychotherapeutic techniques which both contain and give meaning to service user experiences and communication. Working with therapists who have expertise in the use of creative media offers service users opportunities to explore verbal and non-verbal material at different levels.

Referral to the Service(s) Usually people are referred to arts therapists by their keyworker, their doctor or another member of the healthcare team, who feel it will be helpful. The person making the referral will write to the arts therapist, saying why they think it would help, and the therapist will then arrange to meet them and discuss this. People can also refer themselves but it is very important that their keyworker or doctor knows that this is happening.

Last updated 3 Oct 2018, 7:14 a.m.

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