What is Art Therapy?


Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the creative process as the primary form of communication. Like traditional verbal therapy, I work within a therapeutic relationship to assist you in achieving goals related to your reasons for being in therapy. Unlike traditional therapy, I am an artist specifically trained in psychological theory that informs treatment in art therapy. Art therapy is appropriate for all ages and being an artist or even having an interest in art is not a factor. The process of art therapy improves emotional regulation, decreases anxiety, increases distress tolerance and promotes self-discovery. A focus in art therapy is to restore or improve overall functioning to increase your sense of wellness and purpose.

What is an art therapist?
A professional art therapist holds a master’s degree in Art Therapy by an accredited program and is board certified by the American Art Therapy Association. Art therapists are trained in both art and therapy. They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theory, clinical practice, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art.

What to expect?
The urge to create is innate. I provide specific art materials and art therapy directives to assist you in gaining insight around the problem or issue that brought you to treatment. The creative process and subsequent art product can help provide a “picture” of what may be inhibiting growth or change. The very act of creating promotes change and resilience as it requires doing, not just thinking or considering. As you move through sessions, the understanding of the object or art product becomes a reflection of what you are experiencing. This process typically improves insight and creates a greater understanding of what may be needed to achieve what you aspire to be.