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

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 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’ll offer creative ways to help explain what’s going on for you and we’ll work together to find the method of healing that feels best. You don’t have to have experience or training in art to benefit from this approach. All you really need is a pen or pencil, some paper, and a willingness to try something new. By tapping into creativity, you can cut through the confusion and get to the root of what is going on for you.

— Laura Schoff, Counselor in Santa Fe, NM

Art Therapy involves the use of creative counseling techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves through art and examining the emotions and story behind the art. With the guidance of an art therapist, clients can come to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can resolve their deeper issues in counseling.

— Crysta Durrett, Counselor in Crescent City, CA

You do not need to be an "artist" to engage in art therapy! Although you may learn new art mediums, in a therapeutic environment, the main goal is on the process of art making. The final product becomes an opportunity for you to gather new perspectives and information.

— Emily Natale, Creative Art Therapist in Providence, RI

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 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

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 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

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

I am nationally board certified and hold New York State license in art therapy. I received my masters at New York University. I have been supervised for 10 years during my practice. My scope of practice includes homeless shelters and outpatient clinics working with young adults and adults. I have worked with populations struggling with substance abuse disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, mood disorders and personality disorders.

— Christen Meyer, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

Art therapy uses the universal language of art as a compliment to traditional talk therapy to help express and organize emotions that can be difficult to access. We emphasize affective engagement with the creative process over the production of a specific work of art, and offer a non-judgmental, supportive environment in which to talk and create.

— Sharon Itkoff Nacache, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY