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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Working with art can improve one's sense of well-being and generate self-awareness. Combining art and talk therapy can help a client to process heavy emotions, minimize stress and give a voice to emotions not easily vocalized.

— Leslie Richardson, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in LOUISVILLE, KY

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 Tacoma, WA
 

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 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 use guided imagery exercises to facilitate your deeper processing of unconscious and conscious emotions, release emotional blocks in the body through expressive art. After the art drawing experience, we will use that piece to process the emotions and what the image represents as a symbolic meaning for your self-development.ie archetypes, dreams, hopes, moving forward in progress.

— Linda Fong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

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
 

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 use art therapy with clients if they can benefit from it and if they're willing to try it. Art therapy has nothing to do with your artistic abilities. You just have to be open to the process. It's about expressing yourself and your feelings nonverbally. The process of art therapy can be healing in and of itself.

— Christina Hom, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

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 both artist and art therapist. My artist identity influences my knowledge of materials and their various usage, while my art therapist identity allows me to assist clients by creating art based directives and process their understanding of their art making practice. As an interdisciplinary artist, I utilize various art mediums and encourage my clients to use mediums that speak to them or they feel most comfortable with. In my sessions, art can take more than one form.

— Ain Eccles, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
 

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

When appropriate I utilize art therapy techniques to augment talk therapy.

— Lira Ravenel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

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

— Kathryn Moreno, Art Therapist in New York, 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
 

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 , NY

"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
 

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

You can read my blog on art therapy here! https://www.embodyandmindcollective.com/blog-posts/what-is-art-therapy-its-not-just-for-creatives-by-shaye-mueller

— Shaye Mueller, Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

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