I specialize in incorporating creative artmaking into the therapy process. I can help you tap into your own potential for self expression, and create a healthy outlet for what has been weighing you down in life. In my office located in Philadelphia, PA I work with adults, children, and families treating depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, substance use, and trauma. I provide a safe, supportive, and confidential environment as the foundation of every therapy session. No artistic talent is necessary to participate in Art Therapy and to experience its life enhancing benefits. The creative process is intrinsically healing, and can help anyone gain insight and learn to better cope with their struggles. In my private practice, I fuse verbal therapy techniques with art making exercises, designed to empower my clients with creative coping skills to be used beyond the therapy session.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is both a verbal and non verbal approach to mental health therapy in which the client, aided by the Art Therapist, engages in artmaking to facilitate self expression, exploration of feelings, anxiety reduction, and self awareness. It is through both the making of art and the conversation which follows that a client can address his or her reasons for entering therapy and begin to improve their lives. Art Therapy can be used to help children, adults, and families, regardless of artistic skill level. To learn more about Art Therapy, click here.
History of Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a fairly new profession, however, art has been used throughout human history as a medium for communicating thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It was not until the 1940′s that the therapeutic use of art was defined and developed into a distinct discipline, emerging both in the United States and in Europe. Pioneers of the field of Art Therapy include Adrian Hill,Edward Adamson, Margaret Naumburg and Edith Kramer.
Various approaches to Art Therapy practice emerged during the second half of the 20th century. Some Art Therapists practiced “non-interventionist” Art Therapy, meaning that clients simply created art for self-expression without psychological interpretation. Other Art Therapist's based their approach on the idea of using art to release the unconscious by encouraging free association and interpreting and analyzing their own artwork. Some Art Therapists focus on the process of artmaking as the catalyst for change, while others believe that both the act of art making, and the art product itself have therapeutic value.
By the middle of the 20th century, many hospitals and mental health facilities began including Art Therapy programs, and graduate level Art Therapy educational programs and standards had been developed. Two levels of credentialing exist within the field of Art Therapy. Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR), signifies that the therapist has a master's degree, has met rigorous educational standards and has had supervised work experience as an Art Therapist. To become Board Certified (ATR-BC), an Art Therapist must pass the national examination, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the theories and clinical skill set used in the practice of Art Therapy. The field of Art Therapy continues to expand, aiding in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of emotional, physical, and mental ailments for children as well as adults.
What does Art Therapy look like?
These photos document group Art Therapy sessions through BuildaBridge International conducted with Burmese Refugee children living in Philadelphia.
What is Art Therapy used to treat?
Social or psychological impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Family and interpersonal conflict
Substance use and abuse
Want to Learn More?
Listed below are several links about Art Therapy and its wide range of therapeutic benefits: