Art Therapy vs Art as Therapy

Difference between art therapy and art as therapy

Art therapy. Art as therapy. What’s the difference?

Art Therapy (or Art Psychotherapy)

In art psychotherapy, the emphasis is on increasing personal awareness and exploring insights through the process of art-making. The art created becomes a source of self-expression and communication. Physically creating art allows clients to externalise their internal conflicts, which allows them to process the challenges they face at a safe distance.

The artmaking process is done in the presence of a registered art therapist, which is what makes art psychotherapy different from art as therapy. The art therapist provides guidance on how materials can be used and also journey with clients along in their reflective process.

The artmaking process during art psychotherapy sessions evokes personal meanings and insights. Hence, clients may experience strong emotions which may cause them to feel vulnerable. A registered art therapist is trained to recognise and manage clients’ emotions so they do not feel overwhelmed or vulnerable.

As a result of these strong emotions and feelings of vulnerability, art psychotherapy is best engaged in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential setting. An art psychotherapy session can be conducted individually or in a small group, depending on the clients’ needs.


Art as Therapy

Art as therapy is when art is created for leisure, relaxation or personal pleasure.  It is therapeutic in nature but is not therapy.

It focuses on mastering artistic techniques; experimenting with different art forms and materials; and provides a sense of accomplishment and completion.

Some examples of art as therapy include visual journaling and colouring books. You can embark on these activities at any time, or in a group without the need for a registered art therapist or facilitator.


We deliver quality art psychotherapy services.

Are you considering art psychotherapy to help you through past or current challenging experiences?

At Solace, we deliver competent therapy services through ethical, safe and empathetic art psychotherapy interventions. With our guidance, we are confident in helping you build emotional resilience to emerge stronger.

Our registered art therapists have at least a Masters qualifications and a minimum of 750 hours of clinical supervision, in accordance with the requirements of the (ANZACATA).

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