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 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 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. I will be taking in-person Art Therapy clients in Oct 2022.

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

We specialize in clay art therapy but can incorporate other art therapies as well. Within the realm of art therapy, clay has been seen to awaken creativity, foster socialization, reduce negative mood and anxiety, and aid in healing from trauma. We partner with Chris, our life coach/therapy assistant who is also a professional ceramics artist. We incorporate the pottery wheel and hand-building exercises. No judgment here, just a space for you to be you.

— Colorado Experiential Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

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

Art Therapy makes it possible to express what is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to communicate with words. Using art helps delve into the unconscious and parts of the brain in which words do not exist. The process has a unique way of healing old wounds and accessing wellness. There is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy and I will help you access the creative process, regardless of your artistic experience.

— Adele Stuckey, Art Therapist in Alexandria, VA

Art Therapy offers a unique avenue to explore and address issues that are sometimes too difficult to verbally articulate. In sessions, we will use art making as a way to explore and view challenges or issues that are impacting you. You don't need to be "artistic" or even have experience with art, to gain healing benefits of art therapy. I will guide you by providing a specific theme or a particular material, that will help us work towards your goals.

— Catherine Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR

As your art therapy guide, I bring not just expertise but a passion for unlocking creativity. With my belief that everyone is creative, I aim to nurture your unique expression. Together, we embark on a journey where your creative personality is celebrated, weaving healing and self-discovery into the vibrant tapestry of your individuality. Let's explore the canvas of possibilities, making art a powerful tool for personal growth and well-being.

— Laura Clay, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lisle, IL

Art therapy is a wonderful therapy to help reintegrate the nervous system after a trauma and process preverbal events. It is great for self- exploration and reconnecting with the self.

— Kelley Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

Art therapy is an integrative mental health 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. AT, facilitated by a licensed professional, supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. AT is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and cultivate emotional resilience.

— Miriam Kagan, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

You can read my blog on art therapy here!

— shaye mueller, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

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 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

Art therapy allows you to access parts of yourself in a creative way, unlocking insights through visual expression. Using modalities like drawing, painting, collaging, sculpture, and sand tray, you can give form to complex emotions, unconscious material, past experiences, relationships, dreams, spiritual aspects of self - bringing them to light through the art process. As your therapist, I help you interpret the themes, symbols and metaphors that emerge, deepening self-understanding.

— Bee Cook, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

"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

You can read my blog on art therapy here!

— shaye mueller, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

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 New York, NY