“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.

Training to be an Art Therapist

In order to become an Art Therapist / Art Psychotherapist in the UK it is required to be Registered as such with the Health & Care Professions Council  (HCPC).  To apply for HCPC Registration it is necessary to have graduated from an HCPC Approved Master's degree in Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy.

The training in Northern Ireland, initially established in 2002, is currently evolving. The Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, is keeping a MAILING LIST of anyone interested in the proposed future Master's training in Art Therapy. To request to have your name and contact details added to the mailing list, please email:

Maria Keenan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


There are a number of HCPC Approved courses throughout Great Britain and other courses in Ireland. Information on these can be found on the BAAT and IACAT websites.