What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a hybrid discipline of creative arts + psychotherapy. It synthesizes the benefits of artmaking, the creative process and an understanding of human development to improve an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being to enable healing, growth and change in a safe and supported environment.

There are many techniques including but not limited to, drawing, painting, colouring journaling, doodling/scribbling, sculpting, weaving, collages and 3D objects.

What are the benefits of art therapy?

There is scientific evidence to suggest the many benefits of using creative art-making. Art making allows for the release of emotions that may have been suppressed or are too complicated to articulate using words thus helping to explore and regulate one’s emotions.

Another great benefit of art therapy – clients can engage in learning and growth in the context of having fun and being playful. Clients, especially children, are often attracted to and engaged by creative artmaking, and art therapy can be perceived as less threatening compared to talk therapy. A creative environment can lessen the anxiety and fear in a therapy setting especially when processing painful or traumatic experiences.

Who can benefit from art therapy?
  • Experiencing Emotional Challenges: Individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, or other emotional challenges can find relief and healing through art therapy.
  • Seeking Self-Exploration: People interested in self-discovery and personal growth can use art therapy as a tool for exploring their thoughts, feelings, and identity.
  • Alternative Communication: Beneficial for those who struggle with verbal communication or are unable to find the right words, providing an expressive outlet.
  • Children: Well-suited for children who may find it challenging to express themselves verbally. It can help them cope with various issues and navigate developmental challenges. It is particularly effective for children facing regulation and behavior challenges.
  • Elderly: It may offer a creative outlet that can contribute to creating vitality, relieving boredom, and fostering mental flexibility. Engaging in artistic activities can enhance cognitive function, provide a sense of accomplishment, and bring joy to their daily lives.
Do I need to be good at art to engage successfully in art therapy?

“I’m not an artist,”, “我画的很丑!”, “I don’t know what to do…” “What can I make?” are some of the concerns I hear often in sessions. As art therapy is a vehicle to help liberate individuals striving to access and unlock creative possibilities, the focus is more on the art-making process rather than the final artwork. In brief, there’s no need to excel in art or have prior artistic experiences. Simply approach with a willing and open heart and mind.

What happens in an Art Therapy session?

Each art therapy session (even for the same client) can be different and is dependent on the individual. Directives planned by the art therapist will be according to client’s needs, where they are at, therapeutic goals, how they are feeling during the session, personal experience in art-making, history, and materials available.

Can you ‘read’, analyse or interpret my artwork?

The only person who can attach meaning to your work of art is the creator – you.

Art therapists will not interpret your artwork but instead, guide and journey with you through a reflective process to explore the psychological associations between the artwork and experience to make connections (if any). Through this meaning-making process, you are empowered to discover, personally interpret and make sense of life events, the self, and others.

How qualified are your art therapists?

Qualified art therapists must have obtained at least a Masters in Art Therapy from an approved and accredited AT programme.

He or she must also have completed a minimum of at least 800 hours of supervised AT practice in accordance with the requirements of The Australian, New Zealand and Asian region – Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA) – the current credentialing body representing creative arts therapists.

Where will sessions be held and how much does it cost?

Our charges are $130 for a 60-minute and $180 for a 90-minute session for an in-person home-based art therapy session in the comfort of your home*. Prices are inclusive of transport and provision of all art materials.

*Please ensure you have a suitably conducive area with reasonable privacy (with a table) at your home for our collaborative art therapy sessions.

How do I get started?

The first step is always the hardest but we are here for you. You can whatsapp call or  text 9760 5599, or email hereforyou@theliminal.space. Whatever feels safest for you.


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