Art therapy
Art therapy


Art therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses different forms of art, including drawing, painting, and sculpture, to lift mood, awareness, and self-esteem.

Art therapy allows people to express their inner thoughts when speaking is difficult or not possible. It's thought to provide benefit by using self-expression to improve mood and healing.

People use art therapy for anxiety, depression, autism, quality of life, schizophrenia, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

Don't confuse art therapy with music therapy. These are not the same.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if art therapy is safe. But there's no reason to expect safety concerns when used correctly. Art therapy shouldn't be used in place of more proven therapies.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if art therapy is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. But there's no reason to expect safety concerns when used correctly.


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  • Depression. Different types of art therapy help improve symptoms in adults and children with depression.
There is interest in using art therapy for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Art therapy is usually done with a trained art therapist or other healthcare professional. It involves many different types of art, including drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, crafts, and murals. It can be done individually or in a group setting. Sessions usually last 60-90 minutes and happen weekly or twice weekly for up to 12 weeks. Talk to your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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