What is Art Therapy?

According to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals' values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.

Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.

To learn more about art therapy, visit the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) web site www.americanarttherapyassociation.org.

To learn more about the professional credentialing of art therapists, visit the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) web site www.atcb.org.

To schedule an apppointment for clinical services, please call:

Art Therapy & Counseling
301-869-1017 x1

Currently providing services at the

Expressive Therapy Center
10810 Darnestown Road, Suite 103
North Potomac, MD 20878

To schedule an appointment for clinical services, please call:
301-869-1017 x1

For clinical supervision, please email: