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

Our therapists are Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, with degrees in Art Therapy. Utilizing art in sessions naturally allows you to enter the nonverbal realm where trauma and the root of mood imbalances may reside. Expressing yourself through art helps support the relief of anxiety and allow you greater insight into making meaning of complex issues you are going through.

— Jennifer Giuglianotti, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

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 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 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 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

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

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 Canadian, OK

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.

— 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 Associate in Tucson, AZ

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 Hall, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY