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

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 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 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 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

As an art therapist (ATR-P), I integrate art making into every therapy modality I provide because it helps people 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.

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

I am a trained and board certified art therapist. The process, not the product, is where we find the healing. Art Therapy is a powerful tool that can be used to understand things we do not always have words to make sense of.

— Natalie Coriell, Counselor in Shrewsbury, MO

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 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

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

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 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

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