Art Therapy, Therapeutic Art, and Expressive Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a creative media used as a therapeutic modality. Art therapy may focus on the creative art-making process itself or on the analysis of expression gained through client and therapist interaction. Art therapy is an effective treatment for persons experiencing developmental, intellectual, social or psychological impairment. A key goal in art therapy is to improve or restore the client’s functioning and his/her sense of personal well being.

Our staff members who provide Art Therapy are trained in both art and therapy. Many staff are ATR-BC or in the process of becoming board certified. To earn the ATR-BC, you must pass the national examination, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the theories and clinical skills used in art therapy. To learn more about ATR-BC certification, please visit their web site at

Therapeutic Art

In some instances, if a ATR-BC is unavailable, then we work with therapists from other disciplines, such as Recreation Therapy, Art or Recreation therapy interns, and or other persons trained in the use of art as a therapeutic modality. These individuals incorporate art into sessions in order to encourage emotional expression and self discovery. Many disciplines incorporate art into the therapeutic process in order to achieve goals and progress through treatment.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive arts therapy is a multi-method approach to therapy similar in some aspects to drama therapy and music therapy. Expressive arts therapy may incorporate writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, and/or music. People utilizing expressive arts therapy are encouraged by a qualified therapist to explore their responses, reactions, and insights through pictures, sounds, explorations, and encounters with art processes. A person is not required to have artistic ability to use or benefit from expressive arts therapy.