Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
Expressive Arts Therapy is an innovative psychotherapy approach by combining different creative art modalities and psychotherapeutic techniques. The therapist will apply different creative art modalities, including visual art, music, dance & movement, drama, and expressive writing, and play elements to facilitate participants expressing their emotions and thoughts, enhancing their self-awareness and self-understanding, and eventually, aim at promoting personal growth and self-healing.
Does it only apply to a specific population?

Many people mistakenly believe that Expressive Arts Therapy can only apply in the individual level. Absolutely not. Expressive Arts Therapy can be applied in many aspects such as individual, family, education, workplace, institutional development, and community inclusion. In response to the participant’s needs, the therapist will develop a tailor-made program to achieve the goals.

Expressive Arts Therapy can apply to people of any age
  • Toddler
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Adult
  • Elderly
Expressive Arts Therapy can apply to different populations
  • Behavioral issues
  • Emotional issues
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • SEN students (Children with special educational
  • needs such as Autism, ADHD)
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Dementia
  • Caregiver
  • Workplace stress
  • Family conflicts
  • People with disabilities etc
Do I need artistic skills?
Expressive Arts Therapy is suitable for anyone, and there is no need to have any artistic knowledge, experience, or skills. Just be curious, enjoy the creative process and sharing process, and participate in it.
How to find a qualified therapist?

It is recommended to find a suitable and qualified professional therapist based on your own needs.

How to find a registered Expressive Arts Therapist?

Expressive Arts Therapy is different from art interest classes. In addition to mastering different artistic creation features, Expressive Art Therapists also need to have psychotherapy skills, including assessment needs, setting treatment goals, designing treatment plans, facilitating the clinical process, follow-up, etc. A registered therapist needs to receive long-term professional training and clinical supervision, who must also obtain a master’s degree from a local recognized university or academic institution to provide related psychotherapy services.

After obtaining a relevant master’s degree from an accredited university, graduates can apply for a professional registration from the two international professional institutions ANZACATA or IEATA. The professional qualification certified by ANZACATA is a Registered Arts Therapist, while the professional qualification certified by IEATA is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Service users can ask your therapist to provide the professional membership number, or you can contact the following two professional organizations ANZACATA (
or IEATA ( to check your therapist’s professional qualifications.

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