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 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

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 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

I am a Registered Art Therapist trained in Boulder, Colorado from Naropa University back in 2000. Art in session could look like you using the art process to give you more insights about your process. Or it could look like you doing art in between sessions to lock in the work we are doing together. It also could just be putting on the creative lens to see your life slightly differently. We need to get creative sometimes to help big grief move.

— Beth Erlander, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Art is a medium that allows us to express ourselves and more abstract thoughts without the need of words. It's something that I like to integrate into my in-person sessions whenever possible to allow clients the freedom to explore complex thoughts and emotions non-judgementally.

— Peter Lachman, Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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

— Sharon Aguilar, Art Therapist 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 Registered Art Therapist, with about a decade of experience using the art process to guide people toward deeper healing. Through therapeutic art-making, I guide my clients to reconnect with the essence of their soul, release old patterns that are keeping them stuck and create the life they desire.

— Leanne Morton, Art Therapist in , CO
 

I hold a masters degree in Art therapy. I find it helpful when working with clients who struggle with trauma symptoms as another form of dialog. Art therapy can be a tool to help clients interpret, express and resolve their emotions and thoughts. It integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve well-being.

— Sharon Simpson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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
 

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 hold a masters degree in Art therapy. I find it helpful when working with clients who struggle with trauma symptoms as a form of dialog as it can tap into the emotional/visual part of the brain.

— Sharon Simpson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

As a Clinical Art Therapist (ATR-P), I hold a master's degree in art therapy from St. Mary of the Woods College. I have extensive experience utilizing art therapy for assessment and treatment with children, youth, and adults. Art therapy allows clients to express themselves creatively, facilitating deeper understanding and healing.

— Jonelle Edwards, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Midvale, UT

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 found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” — Georgia O’Keefe

— CAROL J. STRAND, Art Therapist in Richfield, MN