What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a creative-based, therapeutic process that allows for learning and healing as well as assessing emotional well-being, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills through creative expression. Our art therapy providers use a combination of psychological and art-based treatments and a variety of techniques to assess and serve clients experiencing anxiety, trauma, depression, social difficulties across the lifespan.
Sessions may include painting, collaging, writing, drawing, sculpting and using art media as a means of expression.
Our Art Therapists
Educational requirements and credentials differ state-by-state. In Ohio, a master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy (LPC, AT) can be obtained after a 3-year, graduate-level program. After completion of the program, required supervision and art therapy experience, a therapist may apply to become a registered art therapist (ATR). Art therapists may then become board certified after passing the national exam (ATR-BC) and a supervisor (ATCS) after further required training. In addition to national credentials, the practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in some states and other professional licenses elsewhere.
What are the Benefits of Art Therapy?
Art Therapy makes counseling more fun or approachable for children, teens and adults. It allows for a form of communication, learning and processing that is understandable for all ages, across many diagnoses. It has proven to increase self-esteem and build confidence as well as promote healthy coping skills. It allows for a safe, non-judgmental space for people to process difficult, stressful or traumatic events in order to learn and heal through creative expression. Art therapy can be especially beneficial for children who struggle with verbalizing their emotions.
Our Therapists are Experienced in:
TES’ approach to Art Therapy
How do we make art therapy fun?
TES uses creative ways to help clients meet their therapeutic goals. Clients have individual needs and learning styles, so therapists use games, art, music, or play to make therapy fun.
How do we work as a team?
Therapists at TES are always sharing new, fun ideas and techniques with each other. They support each other and make themselves available to brainstorm with other therapists.
How do we include the family?
Some art therapy activities include the involvement of family members in order to help improve relationships and promote positive communication.
Art Therapy FAQs
How do you explain Art Therapy to a child?
We tell them that an art therapist is someone who they will be able to talk to about difficult things or “big feelings” going on in their life, while making art together. For children who don’t like art, we explain that our art therapist also has games and toys to play with while we talk and that they don’t have to make any art if they don’t want to. We explain that an art therapist is someone who will help them learn how to cope with their feelings and difficult situations, sometimes by being creative!
Does Art Therapy include Music and vice versa?
Music is a form of art and art can be made in music therapy and music can be used in art therapy during the art making process as well.
Why is Art Therapy good for mental health?
Art therapy fosters a creative, non-judgmental form of self-expression. Studies prove it helps reduce stress, increases self-esteem and confidence and helps people focus on the topics and session goals.
What is an example of an Art Therapy treatment?
Treatment typically begins with use a variety of art-based assessments such as House-Tree-Person (HTP), Draw-a-Person (DAP), and Draw-a-Person-in-the-Rain (DAP-R) in order to give insight about a child’s personality, stressors, defenses and coping skills.
Our Therapists' Credentials
In Fairlawn, Ohio, Danielle Fascione (LPC, AT) is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist. This means she is a board-certified counselor under the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board and has a master’s degree in art therapy from Ursuline College.