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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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 double-majored in art and psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison so I could pursue graduate studies in art therapy. My master’s degree in art therapy with a specialization in grief and medical counseling was earned at the University of Louisville. I have been recognized as a board-certified registered art therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board since 2000, and I am a frequent presenter at national art therapy conferences.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist

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

I am a FOAT (Focus Oriented Art Therapy) art therapist, working with Laurie Rappaport. I have also used art therapy in my work with children and adolescents while working in elementary and high schools. .

— Margaret (Peggy) Farrell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

Art therapy is a powerful, experiential, expressive arts therapy that helps address that which is difficult to put words to. It focuses not necessarily on the art product, but rather using art in the process of therapy as a lens to access parts of the brain, body and psyche that talk therapy may not fully reach. Humanity has turned to various types of art for millennia to heal, long before therapists in the modern sense existed, and this type of therapy engages in this phenomenon.

— Elizabeth Nelson, Art Therapist in Portland, OR

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

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

Expressive arts include everything from visual arts (such as collage or painting) to drama, movement, writing, sand tray, storytelling, and music. Studies have demonstrated that the expressive arts are a potent antidote for fatigue, pain, and stress, and that they also enhance mental functioning and help to create a greater sense of well-being.

— Jessica "Chiara" Viscomi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

What is Art Therapy? According to the American Art Therapy Association, Art therapy is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational, forensic, wellness, private practice and community settings with diverse client populations in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats. Art therapy is an effective treatment for people experiencing developmental, medical, educational, and social or psychological impairment.

— Jacqueline Metcalfe, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Malibu, CA

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

— Kathryn Moreno, Art Therapist in New York, NY

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 archetypes, dreams, hopes, moving forward in progress.

— Linda Fong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

I received my Masters in Psychology: Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Registered art therapists have at least an additional (post-grad) supervised 1,000 hours of art therapy specific direct client experience. See my website for more art therapy resources

— Marian Formanes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Sometimes a color, a stroke or a shape can mean a million words.

— Serena Hsieh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arcadia, CA

Art Therapy is a form of therapy that presents an effort for the client to move pass surface issues and toward the main focus. Clients do not have be Artist rather he/she should just be willing too draw.

— Dr. Patricia Bell, Psychologist in orlando, FL

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

No experience necessary! Creative arts therapy comes in the form of art, music, movement, or drama therapy and people of all ages can benefit from any of the modalities. Each creative arts therapist is also a trained psychotherapist/talk therapist, so you will experience a combination of talking and creating depending on what you have come to therapy for and your comfort level. Not having to rely on words and having another way to express or explore challenges and experiences has great benefits.

— Emery Mikel, Therapist in New York, 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

I am a registered art therapist (ATR) with the American Association of Art Therapy (AATA) and have special training in a Masters' degree format from an accredited program.

— Emily Taylor, Art Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

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