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 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

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

I'm a dually educated and formally trained (Masters level) Art Therapist and Clinical Counselor. I'm a board-certified registered art therapist. I'm the founder of Counseling & Art Therapy Center of Chicago and I use both counseling and art therapy in sessions with clients. Clients choose whether they want to use art in therapy and I have a variety of art materials available to choose from for people to use during sessions.

— Jami Pugh, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

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

Art therapy is the approach in which I have the most training and experience. Art therapy is a way of delivering and processing therapy within the context of creation. I studied at the Drexel Graduate Art Therapy program, and have received my Board Certification.

— Christina Marrero, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jenkintown, PA

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

Art therapy is an opportunity to have a visual conversation with yourself. You absolutely do not need to be an artist or a child in order to experience the healing abilities of art-making. I like to use art therapy when my clients can't find the words to express their inner and external experiences.

— Melanie Arroyo Pérez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Olathe, KS

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

— Marci Orr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Art Therapy is not about artistic ability or the pressure to be perfect. It is about finding your voice and expressing your thoughts and emotions that might be difficult to put into words. With an open mind and a bit of humor, any person could benefit from and enjoy Art Therapy.

— Taylor Neil, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westford, MA

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 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

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 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

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

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

— Connie Omari, Counselor in Raleigh, NC

As a board-certified Art Therapist, I use art and creativity to help with self-expression, emotional regulation, and gaining new insight.

— Carolyn Mehlomakulu, Art Therapist in Austin, TX

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 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

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 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 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

I use expressive arts to offer another tools when it’s hard to find the right words.

— Chelsea Etheirdge, Counselor in Mckinney, TX

I received my Masters in Psychology: Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

— Marian Formanes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA