Is Expressive Arts Therapy the same as Art Therapy?

Both Expressive Arts Therapy and Art Therapy are creative therapies. Although there are many different ways to practice within each discipline, the main difference is that Expressive Arts Therapy allows for the use of multiple modalities. Unlike some forms of Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy does not interpret the art and add meaning like, “you drew this so it means this.” However, the artist can apply meaning to their work if they want, and the therapist may help them reframe their interpretation or ask questions to help in healing.

Is Expressive Arts Therapy the same as Art Therapy? ⋆ Jill Becker, MD., MA., LLC.