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

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

Expression through art can open up the mind to lead you back to your heart.

— Marci Orr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

There are many ways of hearing a your story. Some people love talking, but others might speak through play, art, dramatic enactment, crafts, engineered projects, poetry, or movement.

— Josanna Schimke, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

I’m a professional fine artist. In addition to water color, pen and ink, pencil, and acrylic I also use LEGOs as part of a wide variety of art and play therapy with older adolescents and adults.

— Margaret Donohue, Psychologist in Glendale, CA

Art therapy means that you can express yourself in a graphic manner. Many times we say more with images than words. Even when we leave something in blank we are saying something that words cannot say. I encourage people to engage in some form of art because art let the unconscious to show up, in ways that talk therapy can't.

— Gioia Schuler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, 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

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 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 find the utilization of artistic expression in therapy can be very healing. Art has the ability to allow you to speak your truth without the use of words.

— Kristin Boyd, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim, CA

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 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

— Connie Omari, Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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

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

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