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Art Psychotherapy or Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary form of communication.

The overall aim of art psychotherapy is to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.

Children and young people need not have previous experience or skill in art.

Art therapy is not dependant on spoken language and can therefore be helpful to anyone who finds it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.
A patient, whether child or adult, often feels disempowered whilst in hospital somewhat at the mercy of medical staff actively administering treatment, while the have to passively lie back and take it. Art Therapy can offer the child a space to feel empowered again and the image can be something which the child is in control of.

Art therapy can help the child process difficult feelings associated with illness and hospital admissions