Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of creative expressive used as therapy to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Art therapists are typically trained in both therapy and art, making them uniquely qualified to use the arts for mental health healing. Art therapy helps clients express themselves and can be useful for everything from managing addictions to improving self-esteem. Art therapy is for everyone, but can particularly benefit children facing issues such as learning disabilities or behavioral disorders. Sound interesting? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified art therapists today. No prior art experience or talent necessary!

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I generally follows a client-centered orientation, emphasizing the individual strengths & resources of each of my clients.

— Jessica Morrison, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Art therapy is a mental health care field in which professional art therapists use various art materials and processes to work through mental health challenges with clients. Art therapy provides clients with a unique way of expressing themselves, engaging in mindfulness, and processing past and current experiences. Clients do not need to be experienced with art to participate in art therapy!

— Kelly Gupta Holley, Art Therapist in Nashville, TN

Art therapy can assist us in accessing core material that can often slip under the radar in talk therapy. Because it activates a different part of our brain and engages our creativity, we can move out of the experience of stuckness and into visualizing solutions, calming our nervous systems, becoming reacquainted with our strengths, or discovering something new about ourselves or our situation.

— Cris Fort Garcés Creative Now Therapy, Psychotherapist in Ulster Park, NY

I am a licensed creative art therapist so I always offer creative interventions to any client willing to explore art as a method for healing. Art therapy can be used as a non-verbal way to get out thoughts and feelings, in general anxiety reduction just from the process, and in targeting specific challenges to work through. Art therapy is not about creating great master pieces or even being a great artist. Rather, it is the healing benefits you can receive through the process of creating art.

— Nicole Benedict, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

Who knew hearing or saying simply “I Got U” carried so much positive affirmation!? Such a statement has helped me overcome many personal and professional obstacles during my lifetime. I even currently say those words to myself as a form of positive self-talk from time to time. With more than 15 years of working in Behavioral Health, I created “I Got U” as a safe space to remind whomever that: I see them, I hear them, and what they say does matter.

— VINCENTE MOZELL, Psychotherapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Art therapy is the approach in which I have the most training and experience. Art therapy is a way of delivering and processing therapy within the context of creation. I studied at the Drexel Graduate Art Therapy program, and have received my Board Certification.

— Christina Marrero, Licensed Professional Counselor in Flourtown, PA

Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems while working on therapeutic treatment.

— Amanda Shaw, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

"You’ve lost hold of who you are and don’t know your thoughts and feelings". Art therapy uses creative, artistic practices to address psychological and emotional needs. Not only does art therapy work to support self-expressive practices, but it is a great way to dig into the main goals that brought you to therapy. Art therapy is a unique tool because it can access the subconscious, the part of yourself that you can’t always see, even though you know it plays a significant role in your life.

— Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. You do not need to identify as an artist or "creative" in order to benefit from art therapy! People choose to explore art materials in therapy as an opportunity for self-reflection or relaxation or as a way to safely release tension.

— Lauren Smith, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

I was trained as an art therapist at Loyola Marymount University, one of the first and most leading schools for art therapy in the US. I participate in research to build the field of art therapy, and I deeply believe in the healing power of art. Both at LMU and as an art historian, I studied the mechanisms by which humans make meaning with visual works, and I discovered that the connection between our lived experiences and the art we enjoy is an integral part of human evolution and health.

— Hannah Schaler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

I believe that when we are able to express ourselves creatively through art/music/dance and more, we are able to begin healing. Art can be a great tool when working with kids and teens as well as it gives us a way to connect and communicate with more than words can provide. I personally create and engage in creative activities in sessions with clients to normalize this as a tool. I have over 5 years experience using creative therapies in practice.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA

You can read my blog on art therapy here!

— Shaye Mueller, Art Therapist in Chicago, IL

Are you someone who struggles with talk therapy? Art Therapy could be the right fit for you. This orientation allows us to delve into your emotional landscape in a creative, non-verbal way, offering you an alternative medium for expression and insight. Drawing from my extensive experience, we'll use art to unlock new ways of understanding, managing stress, and building coping skills. You don't need to be an artist to benefit; you just need to be open to exploring yourself in new dimensions.

— Kendall Keller, Art Therapist in Laurel Springs, NJ

I have a masters degree in Art Therapy and Marriage Family Therapy. I am currently a board certified art therapist with the American Art Therapy Credentialing Board. I taught for over a decade at Notre Dame De Namur university in Art Therapy . I am currently the president of the South Texas Art Therapy Association.

— Deann Acton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Sometimes words aren't enough to convey what you want to say. I've found art therapy to be helpful in allowing clients to express themselves in more authentic ways. Through drawing, sculpting, even playing games (such as Dungeons & Dragons) we can dive deeper past what is just said.

— Lance Madow, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Art holds no judgements. It can give new perspective to discuss difficult or troubling issues.

— Sharon Aguilar, Art Therapist in Dallas, TX

I graduated with my Master of Science in Art Therapy and completed two years of post-graduate supervision to obtain my Registered Art Therapist Credential. I have completed extensive training in the application of specific art materials such as chalk, paint, clay, fiber arts, and other art media and how these materials can facilitate connection to emotions as well as healthy self-expression.

— Amanda Hausmann, Art Therapist in Tallahassee, FL