Myths About Art Therapy – Part 2

Myths About Art Therapy - Part 2

By Jeanette Chan
Art Therapist | thruArts

In the 2nd installment of this series, Jeanette explores more common myths and frequently asked questions about Art Therapy.

Missed out on the earlier article? Don’t worry – you can find it here.

MYTH #5: Art Therapy is only for people who are struggling with big issues in life

Art therapy can be very beneficial for people who are struggling with severe physical or
mental conditions, addictions, trauma, or life changes. That doesn’t mean others can’t
benefit from art therapy. You may seek art therapy as a method of promoting self-
awareness and creating positive changes in life. It is also a wonderful way to
promote personal wellness, enhance performance, repair and recover from emotional
hurts, build confidence and assist in personal transformation.

MYTH #6: Art therapy is only for children and people who can't communicate verbally

As art is an effective tool for non-verbal expression of stories and emotions, art therapy
has been associated with children and people who could not express their emotions or
situation with words. Nevertheless, art therapy can also be a powerful way to engage
adults and people from a broad range of settings. In Singapore, art therapy sessions are
available in schools, community events, art studios, voluntary welfare organizations
(VWOs), mental health facilities, hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, corporations
and private settings.

MYTH #7: An art therapist cannot be your primary therapist because they are just art teachers

An art therapist is trained in psychoanalysis and human development, and specializes in
the use of art making and the creative process within the therapeutic relationship. A
qualified art therapist in Singapore is required to undergo a two year full-time Master
degree training program, with nearly 900 clinical placement hours under strict
supervision and assessment. Like other mental health professionals, art therapists have
the qualifications to be a primary therapist and be part of a treatment team, made up of
psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists,
physiotherapists, social workers, counselors etc.

MYTH #8: Anyone can call themselves “art therapists” as long as they do art in sessions

The therapeutic use of art making can be a powerful and life-changing experience, as
many intense feelings and issues may surface during the session. Only a qualified art
therapist is trained to understand and provide necessary interventions in such situation.
Most art therapists in Singapore are registered with at least one of the associations: Art
Therapists’ Association Singapore (ATAS), Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy
Association (ANZATA), British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), or American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Do ensure that you are working with a qualified art

About our Therapists

At Mind Care Clinic, we strive to offer our patients with a full range of services to help them achieve their goals of emotional wellness. More importantly, we believe in individualizing each patient’s therapy and providing the right fit of services to their needs. We therefore offer our patients a full range of services that include Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy.

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