Creative Arts Therapy

Creative arts therapy is a style of intervention within the mental health, allied health and human services professions. Creative arts therapists use creative, arts-based processes as part of their therapeutic work with clients, to facilitate self expression, communication, self awareness and personal development.

The experience of expressing oneself through creative activity has been found to assist in the promotion of physical, emotional, cognitive and social integration and functioning. The consequent insights and personal understandings can be instrumental in facilitating change.

Creative modalites used by creative arts therapists include visual art, claywork, dance/movement, music, narrative, drama/psychodrama, creative writing/poetry and sandplay therapies.

Modality description provided by The Australian Creative Arts Therapy Association