The publication is an evidence-based guide which specifies different art therapy practices, with quotations by art therapists and service users. It illustrates how art therapy can be adapted to service users’ differing needs.
Art therapy can involve painting, drawing, print-making, and working with clay. Other arts therapies include drama, dance and music.
Dr Sue Holttum, Senior Lecturer in the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, has had her research and personal experiences of applying psychology to art therapy published in The Psychologist.
"People who are troubled can often express themselves through arts when words are difficult. Also, art-making often seems to have a calming effect, and it does not have the unpleasant effects of strong medications."
Dr Holttum added: “It was great to be able to do the article for The Psychologist, and to incorporate my artworks, because I have myself found painting and drawing to be an activity that can bring me solace and enable me to express some things that I wouldn’t always know how to express in words. It seemed a wonderful opportunity to promote the new art therapy guidelines, incorporating my lived experience in a way that felt valued.”