What is an art therapist?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its main mode of expression and communication. Art therapists use art as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. This could range from anything to music, sound and drama.
What qualifications do you need to be an art therapist?
To become an art therapist, you must first have successfully completed an approved Master’s degree in art therapy or art psychotherapy. Art therapist courses take normally can take up to two to four years. Once you are qualified will you then be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for an art therapist licence.
How to apply for an art therapist Licence
You must register with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise as an art therapist in the UK.
To register for an Art therapist Licence, applicants must complete an application on the Official Health and Care Professions Council Website.
Fines and penalties
You could be fined up to £5,000 if you call yourself an art therapist, art psychotherapist, drama therapist, or music therapist and are not registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.