Arts therapists are both artists and clinicians. Trained in both their art form and psychological therapy, they provide a sound psychological framework which include assessment and evaluation techniques. The arts therapies use creativity and imagination to help build self-esteem, improve communication and practice social skills in a therapeutic environment.
The arts therapies helps those who may find ‘talking therapy’ challenging. It supports a person in discovering and developing different forms of communication. For example: developing a ’fictional story’ which mirrors a real life event, using rhythmic games in a group to encourage working with others, creating a safe space to explore attachment and relationships.
There are three registered, legislated Arts based therapies in the UK, Dramatherapy, Music Therapy and Art Therapy. To be an Arts Therapist a practitioner must be qualified to an MA standard and are required to be registered with the Health Care Professions Council: www.hcpc-uk.co.uk.
Play Therapy is legislated by Play Therapy UK, but not currently a protected title (i.e. anyone can call themselves a Play Therapist or Play Specialist but may not be qualified). NESSie ensures our Play Therapists are qualified and on a list of recognised practitioners at: www.playtherapy.org.uk
Below is a brief description of the different Arts Therapies: