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!

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I love to utilize art to help clients address unconscious feelings and approach difficult topics.

— Melissa Houck, Therapist in Westminster, MD

I have been practicing Art Therapy for over 14 years. In that time I’ve specialized with adults who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and depression in a variety of settings. Using art therapy to explore and identify feelings and thought patterns that help them find relief is an invaluable therapeutic tool.

— Marie Ragona, Creative Art Therapist in Astoria, NY

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

I have a master's degree in art therapy from New York University.

— Kathryn Moreno, Art Therapist in New York, 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 believe that when we are able to express ourselves creatively through art/music/dance and more, we are able to begin healing. Art can be a great tool when working with kids and teens as well as it gives us a way to connect and communicate with more than words can provide. I personally create and engage in creative activities in sessions with clients to normalize this as a tool. I have over 5 years experience using creative therapies in practice.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA

Expressive arts include everything from visual arts (such as collage or painting) to drama, movement, writing, sand tray, storytelling, and music. Studies have demonstrated that the expressive arts are a potent antidote for fatigue, pain, and stress, and that they also enhance mental functioning and help to create a greater sense of well-being.

— Jessica "Chiara" Viscomi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which utilizes self-expression within the therapeutic space to support emotional expression, coping, and foster growth & development. Art therapy is particularly effective with children, as art and play is their natural form of communication. Teenagers often benefit from creative release to support healthy coping and problem solving. Adults who can't find words, often feel deep catharsis when they see how art embodies their complex experiences.

— Jackie Tassiello, Art Therapist in Montclair, NJ

I am a FOAT (Focus Oriented Art Therapy) art therapist, working with Laurie Rappaport. I have also used art therapy in my work with children and adolescents while working in elementary and high schools. .

— Margaret (Peggy) Farrell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

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

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. There are also many talented art therapists in my practice who are available to take new clients.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

As a clinical art therapist, I integrate art making into every therapy modality I provide because it helps children to express feelings they may not have words for and create a concrete record of the therapy process and growth that they can see at the end of treatment.

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

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

Sometimes a color, a stroke or a shape can mean a million words.

— Serena Hsieh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arcadia, CA

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 in Tucson, AZ

I received my Masters in Psychology: Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Registered art therapists have at least an additional (post-grad) supervised 1,000 hours of art therapy specific direct client experience. See my website for more art therapy resources

— Marian Formanes, 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 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 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 double-majored in art and psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison so I could pursue graduate studies in art therapy. My master’s degree in art therapy with a specialization in grief and medical counseling was earned at the University of Louisville. I have been recognized as a board-certified registered art therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board since 2000, and I am a frequent presenter at national art therapy conferences.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist