5 thoughts on “Craft Therapy vs. Art Therapy: Is There a Difference?

  • September 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Good article! Probably the most important distinction, however, between art therapy and craft therapy is that art therapy requires a masters degree in art therapy to practice and is a regulated medical and healthcare profession. You write as if it’s an option which is incorrect. See http://www.arttherapy.org

    • September 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you for that clarification. I certainly didn’t mean for the article to sound like an art therapy degree was optional, so I’m glad that you pointed out that it’s a requirement.

  • September 22, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Kathryn, wonderful article and I am glad to see you place such a high value on crafting. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants (AOTA.org) provide meaningful and purposeful activities (crafts, cooking, self care) to help people adapt to physical and mental limitations. It becomes a tool to improve cognitive skills or strengthen fine motor skills, etc. I was drawn to your article and am impressed how well you spoke of the benefits. I too use crafts to heal my isolation and improve my sense of purpose!

    • September 24, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Occupational therapists play a really important role in helping others! One of the things that I’m trying to parse out is the difference between occupational therapy and art therapy – and where craft intersects with both of those things. Any additional thoughts on that?

  • August 6, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Very good article, we actually with my wife promote embroidery and creating in general as a great way to feel more calm and relax more. A great therapy. Art Therapy is very small here in Europe but it is coming slowly but surely.
    Any creative form are great for people that didn’t really like meditating or practicing relaxation exercise for example. Embroidery is a great way to focus.
    I myself notice a big difference of focus and calmness since my wife made me start. I was the nervous kind.
    Thanks again for this article.


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