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Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Art Therapy is also known as Art Psychotherapy.

To practise Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy in the UK, a person must be Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council under either of the legally protected titles of “Art Therapist” or “Art Psychotherapist”.

Rita Simon, a founder member of the art therapy profession, also inspired the foundation of NIGAT. As an art therapist, she authored books about art therapy and also used the term ‘art as therapy’ to refer to a dimension of art therapy, advocating that a client, art and art therapist were key components of art therapy. NIGAT welcomes those interested art therapy and also wider applications of the creative art process to facilitate personal well-being. See the History of NIGAT page for more information about Rita Simon.