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Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk and clay. Art therapy - Online Art Supplies

 combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the affective properties of the different art materials.

As a mental health profession, art therapy is employed in many clinical settings with diverse populations. Art therapy can be found in non-clinical settings as well, such as in art studios and in workshops that focus on creativity development. Art therapists work with children, adolescents, and adults and provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities.

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in making art is on a basic level healing and life-enhancing. Art therapists use the creative process and the issues that come up during art therapy to help their clients increase insight and judgment, cope better with stress, work through traumatic experiences, increase cognitive abilities, have better relationships with family and friends, and to just be able to enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of the creative experience. The term art therapist is reserved for those that are professionals trained in both art and therapy and hold a master's degree in art therapy or a related field.




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 Dick Blick Art Materials
1414 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 415 441-6075
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Fine Art and Creative Supply Center for the NorthBay
103 Maxwell Ct, Santa Rosa, Ca.95401 707 526-2416
500 west Napa St, Sonoma Ca 95476 707 935-3199
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