The history of art therapy is intertwined with that of psychoanalysis and psychiatry, particularly in the history of Child psychotherapy from the beginnings in the early 20th century.
Art therapy is well recognised as a way to express feelings and emotions that are too painful or difficult to express through language. It is particularly suitable for treating clients who have experienced trauma where language can often re traumatise.
People of all ages and varying counselling needs can use art therapy and find it helps access thoughts and feelings that are difficult to articulate in words.
Children often express themselves more clearly to adults through drawings. After September 11 many art therapists came to New York to counsel those affected in the city. Through drawings children clearly conveyed their interpretations and fears so that counsellors could directly address individual needs.