Art therapist

Art therapists have studied and mastered both psychology and human development, and are trained in both therapy and art. They can help individuals, couples, families, or groups of people regardless of sex, age, or ethnicity.

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Gauri Kaulgud

School Counselor

6 years of industry experience

A qualified clinical psychologist with a specialisation in art and movement-based therapies, Gauri uses principles of arts-based therapy to help children with neurocognitive disorders and those on the Autism Spectrum. An alumnus of one of India's premier institutions, Gauri has experience in mentoring arts-based therapists-in training.

KEY SKILLS

  • Empathy

  • Organization skills 

  • Artistic skills 

  • Counselling Skills

  • Knowledge of Psychology 

  • Ability to understand body language

  • Flexibility 

  • Ability to help people open up 

  • Basic computer skills

PROS

  • It is extremely rewarding to help people overcome previously suffered emotional and mental strain

  • Good earning potential

  • Consistent work- especially in schools with international governments

  • Opportunity to work on your own self in a therapeutic way

  • An immense amount of job flexibility as it is a nascent field

CONS

  • Can be emotionally draining to see a client express repressed trauma

  • Involves a lot of documentation 

  • Education and licensing is a long and expensive process 

  • Not enough awareness about the field 

  • Poor job prospects in India

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospitals

  • Schools

  • Veteran’s clinics

  • Private practice

  • Psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities

  • Community clinics

  • Crisis centers

  • Senior communities

  • Forensic institutions

  • Must be able to clearly and rationally explain an artistic process

  • Must be comfortable with interpreting art that may be disturbing or upsetting

  • Interested in the way people express their emotions

  • Interested in art forms

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