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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy utilizes the creative process to expand the confinements of verbal communication.


By examining colors, design, imagery, and process with the help of an art therapist, you can begin to externalize and explore more aspects of yourself that may hide beneath the surface. Through the process of making art, you are given space to access your creativity by means of self-exploration for greater self-awareness.

Art therapy can be used with clients across the lifespan- kids and teens do great with art therapy, but so do adults!

Art Therapy Seattle
Art Therapy West Seattle

Do I need to be good at art?

Absolutely not!

You do not need to be an artist to do art therapy. Art therapy isn't about the piece you produce - although you will likely explore different aspects of your piece with your art therapist to look for meaning - it's about the process and what you learn about yourself by doing.


Some clients may prefer to make art in every session whereas others will prefer the occasional art making. Whatever your preference, the techniques learned in sessions can be used as a tool to help you self-regulate and soothe, allowing some directives to be a great resource to be used not only in session but independently as well.

What are some ways we might do art therapy?

Some of the art techniques you might use in session include:

  • Painting- including finger paints, acrylics or watercolors on many different kinds of surfaces

  • Drawing with pens, pencils, crayons, or markers

  • Working with clay

  • Making collages/doing other image based creating

  • Making various objects with lots of different kinds of supplies

  • Journaling/Journal making

  • And lots more!

Protea Wellness Art Therapy
Art Therapy Seattle Protea Wellness

What could art therapy help with?

Art therapy could help you:

  • Learn more about yourself

  • Build self-esteem

  • Lessen your stress levels

  • Learn new coping skills

  • Lessen symptoms of anxiety or depression

  • Improve interpersonal relationships

  • Work through trauma or loss

  • Find a healthy outlet to express and release fears and other hard emotions

  • In many other ways as well!

Meet our therapists who use expressive arts in their work with clients! Visit each therapist's individual page to see their specialties, or contact us here and we will set you up with the best match for you or your child.
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