Art therapy uses creative expression — drawing, painting, poetry, acting, music, etc. — as a means to treat mental and emotional conditions.
While the therapeutic effects of art have long been appreciated, psychologists and artists defined art therapy as a distinct discipline in the 1940s. Since then, art therapists have encouraged clients to create art and reflect upon it in order to gain a greater self-awareness and to overcome trauma, addictions, anxiety, stress, and/or low self-esteem.
A non-invasive intervention, art therapy can be practiced in either individual or group sessions at a variety of locations, including hospitals, community centers, and schools.