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Art Therapy

Art therapy uses art or creative self-expression for therapeutic purposes. It employs simple art materials, drawing and painting as a means to restore, maintain, or improve an individual's physical and mental health. Assessment and treatment is based upon established human developmental and psychological theories.

The practitioner looks at the images that the client creates, and at the client's responses to the created products. These results are then interpreted as reflections of the individual's development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns and conflicts. Art therapy is used to help resolve emotional conflicts, promote self-awareness, improve social skills, treat behavioral problems, solve problems, reduce stress and increase self-esteem.

For further information
BC Art Therapy Association
T (604) 878-6393

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