Art therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that is used in conjunction with many different clinical approaches: person-centered, cognitive, behavior, Gestalt, narrative, Adlerian, family (systems) and more.
Depending on the situation, it may focus on the art-making process itself or an analysis of the finished product. By using artwork, clients can express fears and conflicts that they might not be able to put words to. Oftentimes, it is useful to have the client explain the figures and other images portrayed. The analysis of art produced also varies between adult and child clients. Using art in therapeutic setting can be highly beneficial in that it allows a person to express feelings they may have in a more comfortable setting than talking out loud. Making art in itself can have meditative and therapeutic value and can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety.