It Took 8 Years to Become an Art Therapist – Here’s Why I Don’t Regret It

It Took 8 Years to Become an Art Therapist – Here’s Why I Don’t Regret It

hello friends my name is Youhjung and it
took about eight years for me to become an art therapist and I’m gonna share the
reasons why I don’t regret going into this field and doing this work. So keep
watching until the end to find out why and I also will be mentioning a free
resource that you can use if you are interested in becoming an art therapist
in the future, or you are becoming one right now and you want more information
and help. So first let me break down the about
time that took for me to become an art therapist. So it was about eight years in
total starting from my undergraduate years – so four years for undergraduate.
So I got a bachelor’s in art and in psychology and then I did two years in
grad school for my master’s in art therapy and then it took about one and about two years to become certified – so “board certified” as an art therapist so
each and every art therapist and their journey to become an art therapist is
very different. So my the amount of time that I took to become an art therapist
it’s quite on the quick side because some people they decide later on in their
career or in your life to pursue art therapy, so in that case it can be
more time consuming and also getting your board certification is really
dependent on your jobs that you get after you graduate. So these are the
reasons why I don’t regret my decision getting into this field so first of all
it was a lot of time and investment as you can tell by the amount of years it took
for me to become one, but I do feel that I am very happy and where I am I am very
happy with the kind of work that I’m doing right now and I’m so grateful for
this opportunity to contribute to this field and contribute to art therapy and
help people with it and the one thing that I’m really
grateful for is the fact that this career field and this work requires so
much investment and commitment it really helped me to become more serious about
the work that I’m doing and about my choices in life
and it really pushed me to find more clarity and what I really wanted in life
and what I really wanted in my career and work and impact that I want to have this
world so the fact that this is a kind of difficult field and the fact that it
requires a lot of me actually helps me become more focused and become more
clear about what I wanted and become clear about my purpose and the second
thing that I’m really grateful for – for doing this kind of work and becoming an art therapist is that I have learned something very special and for me I think that art therapy is
not a common thing and a lot of people do not know about this kind of work and
the power it has and so to me being able to learn this and have the opportunity
to do this kind of work is very special and my personal value in life is
education and learning so I believe that I am learning until the moment I die my
whole life is about learning and that’s a very important part of my life and I
do think that pursuing art therapy and this career gave me the opportunity to
learn something really special that not a lot of people know about so I feel
very grateful for this opportunity to know the know these things and be able
to carry that until much later in life so I will have this kind of learning
with me throughout my whole life which nobody can take away so this is
something that I really value and I’m very grateful for and another thing that
I’m really grateful for and I feel like it’s a very
huge plus for my life is the fact that this career this being an art therapist
really helped me to be more confident so as much as this field is not recognized
or as much as it is not commonly known or acknowledged I feel that because of
that sort of a disadvantage of this field I feel that really helped me to
actually own what I learned, to own art therapy and my knowledge and actually
believe in it and be confident in it and trust it even if nobody else would do
that. So it helped me to feel more confident and grow my confidence as I
went. If this career field was just common and
everybody acknowledged its worth and it was so in demand, then I don’t think I would
have challenged my confidence in that way like it has made do. So this is
something that I’m really grateful for And another thing about this career is
that it helped me to continue and keep making art for myself so I knew from a
long time ago it was very little that art was therapeutic and it was something
special for me so I that’s why I studied studio art in college but actually going
into art therapy and learning about the therapeutic benefits of how it is
therapy really helped me to understand why art making is a necessity and not a
luxury in life. Or not just an additional bonus. I think that art is a
necessity for everybody and creative expression is of necessity for our souls,
for our spirits, for our emotional well-being. So this is a lesson that I
learned through doing art therapy with other people and being trained in this
kind of work and so it really helped me to keep continuing to make art and that
has been a very important aspect also I think that being an art therapist and
getting into this field helped me break out of my mold – so before in the past
when I made art it was a little bit limiting for me. So I had a tendency to
be very perfectionistic and very realistic and kind of limited in my
expression in art. And I wanted to do things that were more free and
expressive and just more liberating but I wasn’t able to do that because I had
this kind of perfectionistic side to me and through doing art therapy I
learned that it’s not really about the results and it’s not about getting
things perfect and so it really helped me to let go of those pressures and let
go of the need to be perfectionistic and really rather focus on the process of
making art and expressing emotions in a very more direct way so I got to really
appreciate all kinds of art even more than before and I was able to really
branch out in my expression in art and be able to do abstract art, to be able to
do very expressive art, and able to really get to the feelings – get to my
inner self through art. So I really learned what it’s like to express my
feeling in a very direct way and basically it
kind of changed the way I approach art and the way I see art and appreciate art.
So I think that whatever challenge or difficulty that we come across in life
is kind of put there for a reason and it will always be a challenge and
difficulty and it will remain a source of stress and regret and a grudge
if we don’t overcome that difficulty or challenge and if we don’t see the gift
in that difficulty or pain or stress so whatever we overcome I think it becomes
our gift and our strength it makes us the person that we are today
I love the phrase that my favorite teacher Thich Nhat Hanh always says, which is: “No mud, no lotus” – it just means that without the muddiness and without the
dark parts and the difficult parts we don’t get the bright parts, the light
parts, the positive side of things, so I believe that all careers have its own
kind of disadvantages or challenges or difficulties but it’s just whether you
can handle them and whether you can get through them and overcome them and turn that into a gift in a way turn that into a strength of your own. So there are some
reasons why some people might regret getting into this career and becoming in
our therapists and so some of the reasons can be if they give up pretty
early, and if they don’t learn what they need to learn in
that process of becoming an art therapist, and also if they limit themselves and
they only see one way of doing things. Because art therapy is a pretty new
field I feel like there are so many different kinds of opportunities that
you can make and just kind of different ways to create your own kind of career. I
think that if you just only see one way to do this work that’s a huge limitation
that you’re putting on yourself so that may be one reason that someone might regret getting into this career. I think that anything in life can be made a plus and
this includes this career and becoming an art therapist.
Of course this career does require a lot of investment in beginning and
commitment so I do think that it is important to know what this process
looks like and what that path looks like to become an art therapist and what happens when you become an art therapist. So I do recommend knowing the most that you can know right now and then be very persistent afterwards when you have
decided to become an art therapist and being really open minded and see things
not as a stopping point in your path but just as a hurdle that you just have to
overcome in your path. So if you wanted to actually become an art therapist or
if you’re really interested in this path I do have a live workshop that I’m going
to do online very soon it’s going to be on November 13 and I have a little sign-up for that webinar in the description box below so you can sign up until that day. So I hope that I can see you in that live webinar. So that’s it for
today’s video. Thank you so much for watching and if you enjoyed this make
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9 thoughts on “It Took 8 Years to Become an Art Therapist – Here’s Why I Don’t Regret It

  1. Nov 13th webinar <Art Therapist Career Guide> sign up is here 💖:
    Let me know if you have any questions about art therapist career or about the webinar in the comments!

  2. Hi, Youjung, thank you for sharing these detailed informations. 8 years in total seems a long time, but it’s a walk, not a run and I think it has been a therapy for yourself, too. Usually we don’t know ourselves really, we know what we like and dislike, but our reasons for hesitating, procrastinating, having a life with poor decisions…an unknown field. My experience is that art let us see the world in another way. For some people it’s the first time, they REALLY look at things. I’m too old to have a career as an art therapist, but I’m not too old to learn from you, to paint for myself, as soon as I feel bad and to offer to all children of the family to paint together. I hope you’ll show us more, how we can help ourselves and how you help others. Love from Germany, Monika❣️

  3. For anyone interested in becoming an art therapist who may not have realized they wanted to until they'd already finished an unrelated undergraduate degree:
    I am in my second year of a master's program in the UK (originally from the US) and I studied completely unrelated subjects and never took art classes and have only very basic art skills, but I will still be qualified in only 2 years and it will have cost me $15,000 in tuition total.
    The cost of a master's in the US was too much for me and for various reasons I don't necessarily plan to go back to the States, so this works for me, but if I did want to I would need to be careful about having taken the right art and psychology classes prior to finishing my masters in order for my qualifications to transfer. I also had 4 years of experience volunteering on counseling lifeline and made art as a hobby on my own, which is what made it possible for me to be accepted at my masters program despite no degree in art or psychology. Programs in the States tend to be more strict about that but they will sometimes take students with very different educational backgrounds, if they have experience in some clinical setting, for example.
    Just wanted to let anyone who might be looking at the career from an older age and thinking that they can't afford 8 years, to know that it doesn't have to take that long, especially if you're not living in the States.

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