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!

Meet the specialists

Art helps individuals express emotions when they may not be able to find the right words to express what they are feeling / going through. You don't have to be 'good at art' to find art therapy useful for you.

— Brandy Peoples, Counselor in Oologah, OK

When individuals are faced with various challenges in their lives it can be difficult to express their feelings verbally. Art Therapy aims to help those individuals to explore their emotions and feelings in a safe, playful and non-threatening manner.Art making process can be a more powerful form of communication than just words alone. The process of art making is therapeutic in an of itself, but exploring the art verbally allows one to put meaning and understanding in a deeper way

— Deborah J Adler, Creative Art Therapist in Roslyn, NY

I find the utilization of artistic expression in therapy can be very healing. Art has the ability to allow you to speak your truth without the use of words.

— Kristin Boyd, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim, CA

Art therapy is an unintrusive outlet that can allow you to express thoughts or feelings which you haven't been able to put words to. Utilizing the creative process to make thoughts tangible can help in identifying underlying themes that are causing your symptoms. I use a variety of mediums to dig deeper into your past experiences and current associations. The end goal is not to create an impressive, beautiful piece of artwork. The goal is to allow you to have a better understanding of yourself.

— Wendi Knobel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hilliard, OH

Art therapy means that you can express yourself in a graphic manner. Many times we say more with images than words. Even when we leave something in blank we are saying something that words cannot say. I encourage people to engage in some form of art because art let the unconscious to show up, in ways that talk therapy can't.

— Gioia Schuler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

As a board-certified Art Therapist, I use art and creativity to help with self-expression, emotional regulation, and gaining new insight.

— Carolyn Mehlomakulu, Art Therapist in Austin, TX

Along with receiving a degree in professional counseling, I was lucky enough to also receive a certificate in expressive arts therapy. Incorporating art therapy into services allows clients to tap into other areas of their brain and conscious awareness to express feelings or events that they might not be able to articulate with words. It allows for a deeper layer to be incorporated into the therapeutic process.

— Jacob Butler, Counselor in Lawton, OK

There are many ways of hearing a your story. Some people love talking, but others might speak through play, art, dramatic enactment, crafts, engineered projects, poetry, or movement.

— Josanna MacCracken, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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

I am a board certified and registered Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentialing Board. I utilize art when there are no words, where talking cannot express what you're feeling. Art is about feeling empowered, being given a voice, being witness and heard.

— Em Reim Ifrach, Art Therapist in Watertown, CT

I received my Masters in Psychology: Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

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

Art therapy in an integrative treatment orientation that blends art-making, psychology, and the healing relationship of therapy. As a Master’s-level art therapist, I provide art materials and the art process to youth and adults alike dealing with a wide range of challenges. One way to think about the use of art in therapy, is the fact that sometimes words fail us. It can be easier or make more sense to *show* who we are and what we are going through with art materials than it is to talk about these complex things. No ‘talent’ in making art is required —only an openness to explore and express yourself beyond verbal communication alone. My use of art therapy does not include diagnosing or interpreting the images you create; rather we look at how you relate with your art, what personal meanings you arrive at yourself, and how art making may become a self-care activity of your own.

— Evan Honerkamp, Art Therapist in Denver, CO

I have a MA in Art Therapy and have practiced art therapy with a multitude of populations including trauma survivors, people working with grief, anxiety, body image and depression; cancer survivors and those with Alzheimer's disease.

— Cindy Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

Sometimes it is difficult to articulate exactly how you are feeling, especially when you are struggling with depression, with trust and opening up, and when feeling overwhelmed. Not only can art therapy help with explaining your feelings, but it is also a great stress reliever for people of all ages.

— Andrea Russo, Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

Art therapy is not a "picture perfect" technique. You don't need to be an artist to benefit from art therapy. Art therapy is simply a way to express your thoughts and feelings without words. It can look so many different ways: scribbles, splats of paint, or a masterpiece. Expressing yourself creatively can help you develop healthy ways to release emotional pain, trauma, stress and build strength and resilience.

— Sonia Fregoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, 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 am in the process of earning a certification in Expressive Arts Therapy from the Institute of Creative Mindfulness.

— Rose Kormanyos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sharonville, OH

As an art therapist, I frequently integrate art making in the work we do together, though this is absolutely never required. Experience in art making absolutely not necessary. I have used this modality in a variety of ways; helping people process grief and trauma externally, as a means to improve reality testing for individuals with psychosis, as a tool for depression and anxiety, and as a method to increase insight.

— Nicole Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor in Milwaukie, OR

I have been an art therapist for 22 years. I am a board certified art therapist (2001) in addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor (2002).

— Jenn Abrams, Licensed Professional Counselor in Newport News, VA

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

I’m a professional fine artist. In addition to water color, pen and ink, pencil, and acrylic I also use LEGOs as part of a wide variety of art and play therapy with older adolescents and adults.

— Margaret Donohue, Psychologist in Glendale, CA

I have been a licensed creative arts therapist and a registered and board-certified art therapist for more than a decade after receiving my Masters Degree in Art Therapy at NYU. I've worked with all ages from infants to elders-- individually, in couples, families, and groups in a wide variety of settings and am able to use art making to open up hidden sources of strength, resilience and creativity in places of pain and suffering.

— Kelley Linhardt, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I feel strongly that art is a way to speak without words. It's an alternative language that we each have access to however depending on our experiences (being promoted or discouraged, limited or supplied), this access may not have been cultivated. Often the introduction of art materials to a session yields a mixture of feelings, from anxiety to playful memories of childhood. In this way, art can become a place of exploration, where fostering an alternative way to see oneself is possible.

— Maggie Ritnour, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

Art is a great way to work through various issues including depression, anxiety, and other traumatic experiences. It allows for processing without having to use words and instead, one's eyes and hands.

— Sara Rice, Counselor in Wyoming, MI

Creativity is a window into ones inner world. Art making is an expression of ones feelings and thoughts captured in that moment in time. As an art therapist I use creativity to guide my clients into exploring their inner knowing. When making art the client has the space to explore and make meaning of their feelings and give voice to experiences that they are trying to work through, understand and process. Art making is a container for the emotions and a means to gain insight and understanding.

— Olivia Weber, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

Drawing as a release of emotions, trying new and other expressive forms of art to release pent up feelings

— Tenisa Montgomery, Counselor in Maitland, FL