Definition of art therapy in US English:

art therapy


  • A form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis.

    • ‘They're also forming support groups for the base's children, using art therapy and other expressive techniques to help the children manage their fears.’
    • ‘Other spiritual strategies to feel good or maintain health include music, art therapy, imagery, humor, meditation, relaxation and religious counseling.’
    • ‘This self portrait is one of more than 50000 paintings produced by people suffering mental difficulties that were collected by art therapy pioneer Edward Adamson, who died in 1996.’
    • ‘At a two-day national conference on art therapy, Madurai Kamaraj University hosted a gathering of such practitioners.’
    • ‘The only one of its kind in Europe, it offers courses in drama therapy, art therapy, music therapy and play therapy.’
    • ‘Instead, she bought a Pilates video and started exercising at home each morning before going to graduate school for her studies in art therapy.’
    • ‘An upright piano was installed in his room at the secure mental health unit in Dartford where he was being held, and doctors considered using music and art therapy to try and communicate with him.’
    • ‘Residents have access to a host of therapies such as a multi-sensory room, a soft play area, music therapy, art therapy and bus trips, a spokesperson said.’
    • ‘Susan Boyes, 50, does art therapy, and most of her appointments take place in unsafe neighborhoods and involve crises.’
    • ‘The hospital offers acupuncture, art therapy, horticultural therapy, and cooking and fatigue-management classes as part of the comprehensive approach to cancer care.’
    • ‘The young people benefited from psychotherapy, music, and art therapy, as well as nursing and psychiatry.’
    • ‘Any CPMC patient can get guided imagery, spiritual counseling, and expressive art therapy free of charge.’
    • ‘I did not begin my degree as some sort of art therapy, I am a trained bereavement counsellor and I am very aware of my emotions.’
    • ‘I used to do some support work with kids with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems, and eventually I'd like to do art therapy with children.’
    • ‘The two agencies also will compile information on ways in which arts organizations have aided disaster victims, from providing art therapy to hosting fund-raisers.’
    • ‘She likes her art therapy class, and on a recent day she painted a papier-mâché giraffe she had fashioned earlier, painstakingly, with one hand.’
    • ‘‘The addition of art therapy has allowed children of a parent affected by cancer to work through the changes brought about by the disease,’ she added.’
    • ‘She was encouraged in her painting in therapy sessions with Dr. Frederic Wertham, who was one of the first psychiatrists to use art therapy for diagnostic purposes.’
    • ‘There are dozens of different types of therapy - everything from art therapy to hypnosis - so it's important to make sure that what your doc practices jibes with your needs.’
    • ‘‘When I was diagnosed I was really, really scared and when they found the lymph nodes I thought I could be dead in six months,’ says Jan, who from this point began art therapy.’


art therapy

/ɑrt ˈθɛrəpi/