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Who Are Creative Arts Therapists?

Creative Arts Therapists are university trained health professionals. They use creative processes to help clients explore feelings that may be hard to put into words. Creative Arts Therapists help clients to reduce anxiety, improve self-awareness and find new pathways to healing.


ANZACATA is the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region.
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What is Creative Arts Therapy?

Creative Arts Therapy is an experiential psychotherapeutic approach offered by qualified practitioners utilising a range of creative modalities. It is holistic – attending to emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual well-being and aligns well with indigenous and non-indigenous models of health and well-being.
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The Proven Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapies: What the Literature Tells Us

We are pleased to announce that ANZACATA has produced a substantial publication that will be for sale. Members will have FREE access to the document, and those outside ANZACATA membership can buy the report. A download of the report will cost $20 (plus GST if in AUS) and a hard copy of the report, posted to you will cost $40 (plus GST if you are in Australia).

Why you should buy this report: This document provides the reader with a comprehensive review of up-to-date findings on the efficacy of creative art therapies. It outlines the most recent research which collectively demonstrates the effectiveness of creative arts therapies for the treatment of many physical and mental health concerns. It cites over 40 studies at Level I, II and III evidence: from systematic reviews of relevant randomized controlled trials, evidence from meta-analysis of relevant randomized controlled trials and evidence developed from systematic reviews.

To cite the report: Gray, D (2022) ‘The Proven Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapies: What the Literature Tells Us’ ANZACATA. Melbourne, Australia.

Members can access the full recording of the official launch in the member area. Please click here (and log in to view).

What might happen in a Creative Arts Therapy session?

Three ANZACATA Creative Arts Therapists talk about what happens in a creative arts therapy session. People often ask: what happens in a therapy session and do I need to have artistic skills to participate in creative arts therapy? These professional ANZACATA therapists show that while no particular skill in creating art is needed, clients can gain insights into their emotional lives by engaging in the creative process with the support of a university trained creative arts therapist.

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ANZACATA Professional Member Corinne Allan gives us an example of how to reduce your stress using the neurographic art technique.

Significant Growth in ANZACATA Membership

We have grown in membership since our beginnings in 2018 by a huge 85% and we know this is mainly because of the increased offerings provided by your Association. Members can feel proud to belong to ANZACATA - the home of all qualified, registered Creative Arts Therapists. Your membership is the sign of your dedication to the professional field and also it enables the Association to provide even more opportunities and benefits just for our members. Thank you for making ANZACATA such a success story!

ANZACATA Membership Growth

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Schools Mental Health Menu

ANZACATA is providing Victorian rural or regional schools with Creative Arts Therapy support.


Find a Creative Arts Therapist

Search our member directory to find a therapist in your local area (Australia, New Zealand, Asia).

Want to know where to study?

Search training programmes accredited by the Qualifications Authority in their respective country.

Categories and requirements

Learn about pathways to professional registration as a creative arts therapist with ANZACATA.

Want to become a member?

Information about member benefits and requirements of becoming a member of ANZACATA.


Members can easily search for ANZACATA approved supervisors to facilitate supervision requirements.

Members can stay up to date with current jobs sourced from various platforms and updated regularly.

Members can book into various events throughout the year. Events are available to members only.

Members can access a wide variety of resources including webinars, special logos, news and more.

The Journal of Creative Arts Therapies (JoCAT)

The Journal of Creative Arts Therapies (JoCAT) is the home of the creative arts therapies research community. JoCAT is the open access peer-reviewed publication of ANZACATA in association with the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. There are two issues of JoCAT each year, with content pre-published every three to four weeks on an attractive easy-to-use website.

Articles; podcasts and interviews; creative pieces; reviews of books, exhibitions, performances and more; as well as themed 'explore' pages and back issues of JoCAT and ANZJAT.

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ANZACATA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia and we pay our respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

ANZACATA acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand and embraces the three guiding principles of the Treaty – Partnership, Participation and Protection. We extend our respect to other indigenous peoples on all the lands in which we work.

ANZACATA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Supporting and advancing creative arts therapies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific

Last updated: 29 January 2024

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