What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a type of therapy with a psychodynamic approach that facilitates the use of artistic materials such as paint, clay, cardboard, etc. as a means of expressing emotions and / or psychic conflicts that are difficult to express through words.
People who practice art therapy are people who have completed the Master in Art therapy with extensive knowledge in visual arts and psychotherapy. They have also attended university postgraduate level training in art therapy that meets a series of minimum conditions such as having completed three years of master’s degree, having supervised practical cases for two years and having undergone a personal therapy process.
People endorsed by FEAPA have more than 2 years of experience, at least 120 sessions of professional activity and 20 hours of clinical supervision.
The fields of application of art therapy extend to health, education and social assistance. We can find art therapists in different contexts such as education, geriatrics, mental health, palliative treatments, civic centers, private centers, etc.
Art therapy in Spain
In Spain, the art therapy profession has only 20 years of experience. In 1999, the first school of art therapists was founded in Barcelona, unlike other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom where they have more than a century of experience and their figure is present in public and private centers where they work together with the rest of professionals.