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?
  • If you find it uncomfortable or frustrating to communicate via verbal means or affective expressions.
  • If you tend to internalize a lot and have few or no healthy outlets to channel your pent-up or negative emotions.
  • If your child has behavioral challenges.
  • If you or your loved one have difficulty creating and maintaining positive relationships.
  • If you are experiencing sudden or ongoing physical health challenges.
  • If you are profoundly emotionally affected by a significant event in your life.
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 draw…” “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 aesthetic of the final artwork.

In short, the answer is no, you do not need to be “good” at art to experience the benefits of art therapy.

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, their personal experience in making art, 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?

Charges are S$120 for 60 minutes for an in-person art therapy session. Prices include all art materials. We offer home-based therapy but also the option of providing a space for you at a central location in Singapore.

We accept cash or DBS paylah or Paynow.

How do I get started?

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


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Rubin, J. A. (2010). Introduction to art therapy: Sources & Resources.

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