Art Psychotherapy

What is Art Psychotherapy?

Art Psychotherapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative processes, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art Psychotherapy, facilitated by a professional art psychotherapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns (American Art Therapy Association, 2017).

For those who have difficulties putting their thoughts and feelings into words, art provides an alternative means of expression that allows us a window into their inner world. Art Psychotherapy can be delivered through a variety of visual art mediums such as drawing, painting, claywork, and stop-motion. The art psychotherapist serves as a skilled listener, observer, and a catalyst for you to understand the process of change through both verbal and non-verbal experiential means. 

When delivered in a group setting, art can also be a fun and non-threatening way of being together, building connections, and addressing a variety of socio-emotional needs.

No artistic ability or experience is required to participate in Art Psychotherapy. All you need is a blend of curiosity and an openness to the experience of the art-making process.

Applications of Art Psychotherapy

Art Psychotherapy can enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ways. Some of the benefits of Art Psychotherapy include: 

  1. Promoting self-discovery
  2. Fostering self-esteem and self-awareness
  3. Strengthening imagination and abstract thinking
  4. Reducing stress and anxiety
  5. Facilitating emotional release
  6. Building capacity for emotional regulation
  7. Nurturing social connectedness, compassion, and kindness
  8. Promoting inclusiveness and equality
  9. Improving cognitive, visual-spatial, and sensory-motor functions

Art Psychotherapy Programmes & Services

Individual Art Psychotherapy Sessions
– Conducted in-centre or online
– Hourly sessions with tailored goals
– Available for all ages

Group Programmes
Creative Connections – a group art therapy social skills programme that empowers your child with special needs to interact with others and build meaningful relationships
– Conducted in-centre or online
– 1.5 hours
– Small group sessions
– Available for ages 6 to 21

Corporate Workshops
Helping the Helper – an experiential workshop focused on professional burnout and stress management for groups. It is tailored to enhance the resilience of professionals working in the field, such as nurses, teachers, and community leaders.
– Customised according to your needs
– Conducted in-person

Creative Team-Building Workshops – suitable for corporate and community team-building. It can be tailored to specific organisational goals, values, and strategic plans.
– Customised according to your needs
– Conducted in-person
– From 2-hours to a full-day session

Clinical Supervision
We offer off-site supervision for registered art therapists and students upon request. Sessions are structured in individual and group formats, and are embedded in an ethical and culturally sensitive confidential framework.
– Conducted in-person or online
– 1 hour

For more information on our programmes, please email us at contact@extraordinarypeople.sg