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 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

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 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

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

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, Creative Art Therapist in Jenkintown, PA

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

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

My journey through art as healing lead me to become an Art Therapist in 2004. I've found that the beauty in Art Therapy is self-expression, a felt sense, an experience that helps us process the deeper parts of self. It allows the subconscious to rise up, take form, and communicate. It gives us a voice when words cannot be found. Creativity gives us the ability to play, explore, and build confidence as we move through life and can significantly help those in search of healing.

— Sheilagh McGreal, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester,

I embrace all forms of art. We can play in music, drawing, clay, or anything your creativity can whip up.

— Martha Wilson, Counselor in Longmont, CO

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 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

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 received specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy at while receiving my masters at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Additionally, I am a Registered Art Therapist are conferred by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). I often use Art Therapy in conjunction with other evidenced-based treatments such as EMDR, IFS, or CBT both with children and adults.

— Martha Cowley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carmichael, CA

With a certification from The Creative Grief Studios, I incorporate expressive arts in my therapy if this is something clients desire.

— Karen Mittet, Counselor in Bellingham, WA

Sometimes expressing ourselves requires more than words and at times we might make artwork together. Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to: Identify, explore, and express emotions, resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

— Megan Bousquet, Licensed Professional Counselor in Narberth, PA

Art therapy is an opportunity to have a visual conversation with yourself. You absolutely do not need to be an artist or a child in order to experience the healing abilities of art-making. I like to use art therapy when my clients can't find the words to express their inner and external experiences.

— Melanie Arroyo Pérez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Olathe, KS

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

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

I am an art therapist and received training through my Master's program in Transpersonal Counseling and Art Therapy. Therapeutic art-making can be a powerful addition to verbal processing in therapy, allowing you to externalize inner feelings in a deeper and more tangible way. Sometimes there are no words to describe an emotion -- colors, shapes, and symbols are often more articulate and significant to the therapeutic process. There is no prior art experience required!

— Sarah Klein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO