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 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

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

— Kathryn Moreno, Art Therapist in New York, 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

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 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 am a Registered Art Therapist. I use artwork with my clients to help them to externalize what they are going through so that we can use creativity to elicit change. By using art a client uses the right side of the brain and unconscious to find alternative solutions to issues. When you just talk about what you are struggling with it is easier to stay stuck in the problem. It is a fun and insightful way to learn how to find solutions and create containment for the client.

— Celine Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I am Accelerated Resolution Therapy basic certified which works to reprogram the way distressing memories are stored in the brain.

— Ashley Wise, Clinical Social Worker in Sarasota, FL

I have a master degree in art therapy counseling from Emporia State University and have my ATR from the Art Therapy Credential Board. It is great modality for treating a wide array of disorders and concerns. It is a way to communicate through a kinesthetic, creative process that allows change to occur in a different way than solely verbal communication.

— C Brandenburg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pueblo West, CO
 

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

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

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
 

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

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 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

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 is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions

— Bay Area Art Therapy, Art Therapist in Oakland, 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
 

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