Art Therapy

Art therapy, based on the idea that creative acts can be healing, is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of treatment. Through creating art and contemplating the art making process, a qualified Art Therapist can help clients of all ages to express emotions in a healthy way, cope with stress and traumatic experiences and to increase their self-awareness. Art therapy requires no previous art experience and can benefit individuals with mental health problems, learning disabilities, neurological conditions, or physical disabilities.

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Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)

Art Therapist

MAAT, ATR-BC, LAT, LPCC

Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that focuses on visual and metaphorical tools for healing emotional suffering. It is a way of externalizing the thoughts and feelings which cause pain. It is particularly useful for addressing issues in life that are hard to talk about—like grief, death, loss, trauma, hopes, dreams, and fears. ▵ Art therapy is not necessarily about creating beautiful works of art. It is about attending to the poetry and metaphor of our life stories.

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Alyssa Gursky (She/her & they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern

Benefits of art therapy may include the development of non-verbal forms of self-expression, trauma resolution, increased self-esteem, and nervous system regulation/stress management. Art materials can be used in the session, or, prompts can be given to complete outside of the therapy space. I hold the belief that art is like a dream, or a snapshot of some facet of the psyche, latent with imagery, waiting to be de-coded and integrated into one’s daily life.

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Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA,ATR,LPC

Art therapy can be a vehicle , a catalyst which can propel you into accessing feelings and thoughts that may become blocked through our ability to intellectualize or suppress. Children, teens ,adults who want to ' uncover' new insights which can then- be discussed with the therapist--can propel you into deeper parts of yourself through the creative process. No art experience necessary!

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Family Roots Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our Licensed Art Therapist has experience in using art therapy to help teens explore their emotions, build self-esteem, and heal.

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Korel Ponti-Foss LMFT, ATR

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

In my practice, the goal of art therapy is to use art and creativity to resolve emotional conflicts, self-sooth, reduce anxiety and depression, and help gain insight into emotions, thoughts, and actions. With families and couples, art therapy has been useful for developing better communication and teamwork skills.

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Erin Webb

Licensed Art Therapist

LPC, ATR

Making art reduces stress and helps many teens engage more in therapy. Art therapy helps youth process difficult experiences and communicate feelings, thoughts and memories that are hard to express in words. Art therapy is also used during family therapy to support positive interactions and the sharing and revising of family stories. Artistic talent is not necessary and stick figures are welcome!

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Kellie Collins, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I utilize creativity therapy to help remove blocks that may be preventing you from being the best version of yourself. This kind of therapy is great for: *releasing unrecognized trauma *Dissolving emotional blocks *Healing old wounds *Building real awareness of identity

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Sam Skye (he/him)

Licensed Art Therapist

ATR, LAT, LPC

I am a master's level art therapist from an American Art Therapy Association approved graduate program.

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Rachael Patoray (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, ATR

My professional training is in art therapy and I am a registered art therapist (ATR). Art therapy is about creating art in a therapeutic setting. The act of art making, as well as the art piece you create, will help you to explore and express yourself in a safe space. Creativity helps you tap-into and explore complex and overwhelming feelings and situations in a non-threatening way.

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Nicole Craig (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, CADCI

As an art therapist, I believe we are all artists who deserve the pleasure of art making. I have used this modality in a variety of ways; helping people process grief and trauma externally, as a means to improve reality testing for individuals with psychosis, as a tool for depression and anxiety, and as a method to increase insight.

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Celine Redfield

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I use art therapy to help clients to externalize their problems so that they can have different perspective on them and to use the right side of the brain instead of the left. Through use of the art clients gai insights into their bodies and the unconscious process that occurs within them.

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Sarah Dobey, LPC, MAC, ACS (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, MAC, ACS

I have my masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University.

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Anne Taylor (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LAT

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Mira Shah, LPC, ATR, LAT (she/her)

Art Therapist

LPC, LAT, ATR

Art therapy is a modality that can help access feelings and thoughts that may become blocked through our ability to censor, filter, intellectualize or suppress. Together we can make visible and tangible new insights about our experiences that inform deeper parts of the self through the creative process. No art experience/skill level necessary!

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True Refuge Art Therapy

Art Therapist

Images open a door into psyche and reveal more than words alone, often offering up their own solutions to a client's dilemma. As Mary Watkins writes, 'the image in its specificity lends us the imaginal background to each experience, thus raising the day world onto the plane of metaphorical meanings...[becoming] an eye through which one perceives and senses.'

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Robert Morrissey

Licensed Art Therapist

I am a Licensed Board Certified Art Therapist (LCAT) in the state of Oregon and a registered Board Certified Art Therapist nationally (ATR-BC) . I have a Master's Degree in art Therapy from New York University.

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Drew Smith, LCAT, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Art Therapist

LCAT, LPC

I'm a Licensed Certified Art Therapist with five years of experience providing individual and group therapy to children, teens, and adults. Prior to completing my Master's Degree in Art Therapy I worked in community arts centers, museums, and classrooms facilitating arts programming in numerous settings and for people of all ages.

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Dani Dierking (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Art Therapist

LAT, LPC, ATR

I am a licensed art therapist with the State of Oregon and I am a registered art therapist with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board. I have been practicing art therapy for over 8 years.

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Steve Hohenboken, LPC, ATR

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Registered Art Therapist and am skilled at adapting art therapy to a wide range of individual needs. You may find that art therapy helps you to communicate feelings, thoughts, or memories that are hard to express verbally. It frequently provides new, helpful perspectives on troubling issues. Like other approaches to therapy, it can be challenging and it can be fun.

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Beth Ann Short LCAT, ATR-BC

Art Therapist

Art therapy requires specialized training and certification. Art therapy is a human service profession that serves to increase self-awareness and self-esteem, improve social skills and behavior, increase the ability to problem solve, decrease stress, improve reality orientation and resolve emotional conflicts through the process of making art.

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Sarah Hardin

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Sometimes, words don't suffice. Or we tell ourselves the same stories over and over again, not allowing us to get unstuck from these old narratives. The power of image and of creative expression to get at the heart of a feeling or a problem is immense. If you think visually or are curious about new ways of approaching old problems, art therapy may be very effective for you.

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