Child Art Psychotherapy, (CAP), is a modality of psychotherapy, designed by Vera Vasarhelyi, for children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years. The young person’s pictorial language is the primary means of communication. The method allows the young person explore his or her emotions through the creation of images in a safe space.

The images that are created, and all that is contained within them, are central to the process of coming to a better understanding of feelings and experiences.

The method is based on the principle that visual thinking and expression have a distinctive and direct relationship with the unconscious:
‘the symbolic content of images can facilitate a unique insight into the dynamics of the unconscious, and allow the privilege of seeing hidden processes, which would otherwise remain largely inaccessible to exploration’, (Vasarhelyi 1990)..