Art therapy has been a member of the realm of psychotherapy since the 1940s. Margaret Naumburg, who was a pioneer in the world of Montessori education as she facilitated the creation and teaching at the Walden School in New York, founded this psychotherapeutic technique. She solidified this method’s importance in exploring the depths of one’s self in healing or life-enhancing self-expression.
Today, art therapy is upheld by the American Art Therapy Association, which represents more than 5,000 art therapists nationwide. These therapists are often trained in both studio art and psychological therapy, sometimes needing a portfolio of their own to be licensed. The art therapist at Choices is board-certified and registered with the Art Therapy Board of Credentialing.