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 have been practicing in the field of Art Therapy for 12 years and use it as a modality that combines psychotherapy with the healing and transformative aspects of art and the creative process. I additionally teach at Adler Graduate School in the Art Therapy department. Through my experience as an art therapist I aims to help with personal growth and development. The practice of art therapy requires extensive, specialized education, training and experience.

— Kristin Kane, Art Therapist in Edina, MN

I am trained in Art Therapy and I am a Board-Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC). I love to integrate art into therapy sessions if a client is interested, although it is not always necessary to use art. Art can be a strong communication tool to help you understand yourself in a way that verbal language might fail. There are also many talented art therapists in my practice who are available to take new clients.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

This is the foundation of my education and experience. I have a Masters Degree from NYU in Art Therapy, and seven years of internship training, post-graduate training and professional experience working as an Art Therapist.

— Callie Wile, Art Therapist in Pleasanton, CA

I'm a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) through the nationally recognized Art Therapy Credentials Board. This is the highest credential you can earn as an art therapist and assures that I have met and uphold rigorous standards and ethics. To receive this credential, I passed the national exam, met requirements to become a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) in New York, and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of art therapy theories and clinical skills.

— Nicole Schutzbank, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ

I have been practicing Art Therapy for over 14 years. In that time I’ve specialized with adults who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and depression in a variety of settings. Using art therapy to explore and identify feelings and thought patterns that help them find relief is an invaluable therapeutic tool.

— Marie Ragona, Creative Art Therapist in Astoria, NY

Not only am I a practicing artist, I also explore multiple and interwoven modalities with clients, as I love to watch and participate with people who create the fabric of their lives in 3D. Within the act of creation lies the seed of what has human beings see their meaning, their spiritual underlay, the mystery of who they are. While seeing the end result is fascinating, the journey there is what holds the answer. That promise is what drives my goal to help people heal each day.

— Laurie Richardson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Paige Swanson is a professional artist and uses art therapy in sessions to help with experiencing emotions connected to catharsis and more.

— Paige Swanson, Associate Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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

I am a licensed and board certified art psychotherapist. My training allows me the ability to conduct talk psychotherapy, but also allows for art therapy additions as well. Even remotely, art making can be part of our session. Some people identify art making in session as soothing, and enjoy sharing their work at the end of session. Some people enjoy working after session with a specific art intervention, to help continue processing. Art making can be a great addition to our work.

— Emily Brenner, Art Therapist in Ridgewood, NY

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

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

Art therapy helps a client on many different levels: relieves stress, anxiety and depression. Offers opportunity for self exploration, understanding and explanation for behaviors.

— Maureen Del Giacco, Creative Art Therapist in Colonie, NY

Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to express how we feel. Sometimes there are no words to describe what happened. Art therapy supports clients in using art to express their thoughts and feelings. We incorporate a myriad of media such as paint, oil pastels, fiber, collage, and 3-D art interventions to support folks in expressing their thoughts and feelings, creative problem-solving, distress tolerance, mindfulness, anxiety-reduction, and cultivating healthy coping strategies.

— Emily Skelton, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Newhall, CA

Art Therapy Creativity helps us tap into one of the core experiences of being human, connecting us to our own visual language. When this work is done with a sense of respect and ritual, it encourages transformative experiences. I carefully choose materials and prepare a space physically and metaphorically. Afterward, we verbally process the art-making experience. The depth of information that can be revealed during the processing allows us to make surprising discoveries!

— Olivia Clear, Counselor in Oakland, CA

Using creative materials in session can help decrease physical stress and emotional stress while discussing topics that may be difficult. This may look different during COVID 19 , but we will find a way that works for you! Art Therapy can help you find a new language to express your concerns and communicate your feelings and needs.

— Samantha Hanson, Art Therapist in Appleton, WI

As a board certified art therapist, I’m extensively trained in how to effectively use the creative process to enhance the healing process, access emotions that are difficult to express in words, and assist client with using creative expression to cope with stress. My practice is packed with art materials and is set up to encourage play and self-expression.

— Jody Pittner, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , OH

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

As a clinical art therapist, I integrate art making into every therapy modality I provide because it helps children to express feelings they may not have words for and create a concrete record of the therapy process and growth that they can see at the end of treatment.

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

I have a master's degree in art therapy from New York University.

— Kathryn Moreno, Art Therapist in New York, NY