We surveyed 227 art therapists to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Art therapists are artistic and social

Art therapists tend to be predominantly artistic individuals, meaning that they are creative and original and work well in a setting that allows for self-expression. They also tend to be social, meaning that they thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be an art therapist. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average art therapist break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of art therapists are extraversion and openness

Art therapists score highly on extraversion, meaning that they rely on external stimuli to be happy, such as people or exciting surroundings. They also tend to be high on the measure of openness, which means they are usually curious, imaginative, and value variety.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average art therapist: