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art therapy

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a type of psychotherapy that encourages the expression of emotions through artistic activities such as painting, drawing, or sculpture; psychotherapy based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing.

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Origin of art therapy

First recorded in 1940–45
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Medical definitions for art therapy

art therapy

n.

Psychotherapy that incorporates the production of visual art, such as painting or sculpture, in order to understand and express one's feelings.
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