Rising HeArt Therapy

Click here to meet your art therapist, Sarah Penston.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy combines psychotherapeutic techniques with an understanding of the creative process in order to help you reach your treatment goals. The American Art Therapy Association (2017) defines art therapy as “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”.

Who are art therapists?

Art therapists are master-level clinicians credentialed by the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. Their education and supervised training prepare them to work with culturally diverse populations. Art therapists work with people who are challenged by mental illness, substance abuse, as well as those simply seeking emotional and creative growth.

How does it work?

Art therapy provides a multi-sensory experience and an alternate form of expressive communication. Symbolic expression allows us to externalize our internal feelings and discuss them in a new way. Art therapists work with you to establish treatment goals for your therapeutic journey. Through their training in different art mediums, art therapists tailor art interventions to help assist you in reaching your personal goals. Art mediums may range from pencils and crayons to paints or found object sculptures.

Who benefits from art therapy?

Art therapy is practiced in many areas such as mental health, medical, educational, community, and private practice settings. Clients are diverse populations with ages ranging from children to adults. You do not have to consider yourself an artist to benefit from it. Art therapy provides insight into emotions, thoughts, and feelings. It can be helpful for a variety of issues such as:
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-expression
  • Self-confidence
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Creativity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Anger

Click here to learn more about available therapeutic services.