As defined by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
The American Music Therapy Association describes music therapy as the use of music within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, client's abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. It also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.
Dance Movement Therapy
The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psycho-therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. Dance/Movement therapy is focused on movement behavior and is used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats.