Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the visual process of art to help improve and enhance a person's well-being. Art Therapy is beneficial to people of all ages. Since art is a natural form of communication it is easier for some to express themselves visually rather than verbally. Art therapy is used to assess and treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, family and relationship conflicts, grief and loss, trauma and other social and emotional difficulties.
Art Therapists are mental health professionals specifically trained to use art with individuals of all ages who are stressed, in conflict or traumatized. Art Therapists are qualified by and follow ethical standards of the American Art Therapy Association. (AATA). The Art Therapy Credential Board grants registration and certification with those professionals who have completed a Master's level of training, plus post-graduate supervised experience.