What is art therapy? So many times I receive this question as an art therapist. When I tell people I'm an art therapist, most people say they've never heard of such a thing. Other times, they say, "Oh that means you look at the art and analyze how that artist feels." or "Can you look at that picture on the wall and tell me what the artist was thinking?" It's actually a little more than that. Not a little...a lot more than that. And I'm not mad at people when they don't know.