What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which individuals work with a highly trained and qualified art therapist who supports them in active art-marking and the creative process to enrich their lives and support their emotional health.

Art therapy supports personal goals and the development of healthy relationships. Art therapy is used to cultivate self-esteem and self-awareness, increase emotional resilience and coping skills, enhance insight, improve social skills, and reduce and resolve conflicts, among other things.

How does art therapy work?

Art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit. The physical, emotional, and symbolic experience of creating art invites other ways of understanding and expressing ourselves and our world, beyond the limitations of words. Using art to express ourselves amplifies our voices and empowers our transformation.

Each art therapy session is unique and tailored to your personal needs and goals. Sessions may include open art-making, directed art activities focusing on a particular issue, and talking. We work together each week to determine what is most supportive and appropriate for you at that time. Keeping your long-term goals in mind, we make mindful choices of how to best support those goals in each session.

What can I expect to happen in a session?

What training do art therapists have?

Art therapists are master-level clinicians who extensively trained in psychological theory, trauma, and art materials theory and practice. We are guided by high ethical standards and our education prepares us for work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. We work with individuals seeking support with medical and mental health challenges as well as those seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth. I am a Board Certified Art Therapist, meaning I have achieved the highest level of certification available as an art therapist.

Art therapy can only be practiced by an individual who possesses
the required training, certification, and/or state licensure.

You can read more about art therapists here.