Art therapy is a mental health profession that combines the creative powers of art with the therapeutic process of psychotherapy.
Art therapy works from the basic principle that the therapeutic use of art, a form of self-expression, facilitates the release and exploration of a wide range of emotions in a safe and contained framework in order to create a coherent narrative. The focus of art therapy is not on the end product created but on the process by which it is created. Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults of all ages, groups and families. Two of Shalem’s counsellors, Betty Brouwer and Michelle DeBoer, are graduates of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, and Betty is a past Board member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Read Betty Brouwer’s “Art Therapy: A Case Study” case study.