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What is art therapy?

Art Therapy combines visual art and psychotherapy in a creative process using the created image as a foundation for self-exploration and under-standing. Thoughts and feelings often reach expression in images rather than in words.
    Through the use of art therapy, feelings and inner conflicts can be projected into visual form. In the creative act, conflict is re-experienced, resolved and integrated.
    Art therapy can be used with individuals, groups, or families as either a primary or adjunctive therapeutic mode in clinical, educational and rehabilitative settings.
    People of all ages can benefit from art therapy and previous art experience is unnecessary as the focus is on personal expression. Art Therapy is not only for people experiencing emotional difficulty -- it can heighten creativity and enrich life.
    The BCATA is committed to upholding high standards of professionalism and ethical integrity in the delivery of art therapy services to the public. We encourage members of the public who are seeking a professional art therapist to choose one who is a Professional Member or Registered Professional Member with BCATA or another professional art therapy association that operates on clear criteria and standards for professional training and registration, and has an established Code of Ethical Conduct and an Professional Ethics Committee that upholds those standards for its members. Members of the public are also encouraged to select an Art Therapist who can verify current professional liability insurance.