Who can benefit from Creative Arts Therapy?
The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as "the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes."
The individuals who receive art therapy often increase their self awareness and are better equipped to deal with their personal problems; be they stress-related, induced by traumatic experience or some form of illness.
Art therapy can be useful for working with a variety of populations, including but not limited to, mentally ill, medically ill, forensic populations, children, and geriatric populations.
Art therapists may meet with clients on an individual basis or in a group setting and there is no prerequisite talent needed to benefit from art therapy.