“Promoting the use of art and creativity to facilitate personal well-being.”

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Art Therapy is also known as Art Psychotherapy.
To practise Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy in the UK, a person must be Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council under either of the legally protected titles of "Art Therapist" or "Art Psychotherapist".

Art Therapy Relationship


The relationship between the therapist and the client is of central importance, but art therapy differs from other psychological therapies in that it is a three way process between the client, the therapist and the image or artefact.

Art Therapy in Northern Ireland

A number of NIGAT members are Art Therapists, however the Professional Body representing Art Therapy in Northern Ireland, is the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). There is a regional BAAT group and a Northern Ireland Representative.

Anyone interested in finding an Art Therapist, or more about Art Therapy locally should contact the BAAT representative.

They can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For those seeking qualified Art Therapists in the Republic of Ireland contact IACAT.

If you would like to read more about some of the history of Art Therapy in Northern Ireland, please look at our history of NIGAT section.