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

— Connie Omari, Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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

Art therapy is a wonderful therapy to help reintegrate the nervous system after a trauma and process preverbal events. It is great for self- exploration and reconnecting with the self.

— Kelley Goodwin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Roswell, GA

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

I utilize creativity therapy to help remove blocks that may be preventing you from being the best version of yourself. We might utilize paint, colored pencils, clay or other materials in this process. This kind of therapy is great for: *releasing unrecognized trauma *Dissolving emotional blocks *Healing old wounds *Building real awareness of identity

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I am trained in Clinical Art Therapy. I provide a wide array of art materials and interventions for my clients to use in session to express themselves and connect with their feelings and needs. I use art-making as a dynamic way for clients to reach their goals and move through their feelings.

— Rachel Del Dosso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Camarillo, CA

I have completed my Master's degree in Art Therapy from Wayne State University and am near completion of the requirements to be an ATR- Art Therapist Registered.

— Alison Maples, Counselor in Royal Oak, MI

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

I am a registered art therapist and I have a masters degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. Art Therapy is my main modality. I have a background as an artist and an arts educator as well.

— Tonia Herrero, Art Therapist in Oakland, CA

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 Emeryville, CA

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 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

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, Counselor in New York, NY

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,

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

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

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

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