Art therapy uses a range of materials to help express and work through thoughts, feelings and experiences, in a creative way.
"Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapy is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art."
- The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), 2019
Art Therapists are highly trained allied health professionals (AHPs). Art Therapists hold a Masters degree in Art Therapy and are skilled artists as well as clinicians. Many will have studied art at a university or an art college before undertaking Art Therapy training.
Like other arts therapists (such as Music and Dramatherapists), qualified Art Therapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This national regulator holds a register of health and care professionals who meet their Standards of Proficiency and who are bound by their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
The title 'Art Therapist' is a protected title by law and only those registered with the HCPC can use it.
Registered Art Therapists undertake Continuing Professional Development to ensure that they are aware of new clinical developments and research that can support and enhance their practice. They must also have regular clinical supervision to support their practice.
All Bloom Art Therapists are fully insured and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.