Art therapy encourage self-expression through the
medium of art. Art therapists work with clients who may
be suffering from a mental or physical illness, have
learning difficulties or are recovering from some kind of
Through the use of various art materials, the client is encouraged to discuss and work through emotional difficulties. Group discussions and creative activities are central to the Art therapy, although a lot of work may take place on a one- to-one basis.
Art therapists work alongside psychologists and psychotherapists, nurses and social workers. Liaison with these professionals and also the client’s family is an integral part of the therapy.
Working hours are mostly 9am to 5pm, although some
flexibility may be required depending on location.
Therapists may be based in a general or specialised hospital or day/community centre. A driving licence can be useful, as travel may be necessary between sites.
As an art therapist you need:
Most art therapists work within the NHS or local
authority social services departments. However, there
are opportunities within the private health care sector,
voluntary sector, with drug and alcohol services, and the
prison service. With experience it may be possible to
progress to senior grades or train in supervision.
Sessional work is frequently available.
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