Expressive Art Therapy

Expressive arts therapy, based on the idea that creative acts can be healing, is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of communication. Generally employing multiple types of art in an integrated way (such as imagery, storytelling, drawing, dance, prose, painting, sculpture etc.), expressive arts therapy emphasizes the process of making art rather than the final product. Therapists practicing expressive arts therapy foster a supportive and empathetic relationship with their clients and help them to explore their creativity for its own sake and as a way to nurture personal growth.

Local experts in Expressive Art Therapy

Palma Corral Sotelo (she /her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC, PCA

If you find it difficult to verbalize your thoughts and feelings we can work with creative mediums to tap into what seems to be hiding underneath the surface of your experiences and bring them forth into the light of your awareness. Depending on how we meet will determine the mediums that we can use. No previous art experience is necessary, only curiosity and an openness to understanding yourself in new ways.

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Kitty Kloud (She/They)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

Therapeutic process designed to build skills for grounding, mindfulness, and distress tolerance. A piece of the therapeutic puzzle to help you cope day to day as we dive deeper into your work. It is used to support healing from trauma and coping with grief and loss.

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Yael Kievsky (she/her/ella)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I am trained in expressive arts for trauma processing. Via simple, non-intimidating arts prompts we may find new points of entry into old stories, and source surprising or compelling meaning - on your terms. The arts also provide us with a wealth of tools for embodiment and nervous system regulation, as well as help us leverage our strengths (individual & cultural) for accessing newfound resiliency.

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Jamie Krahulec (she/they)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, BA, #R7573

I incorporate sensory experiences into sessions to help people process what’s happening in their world using their own language.

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Jane Flanagan (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Lauren Saville (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C5949

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Melissa Yeary (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, CHT

My training in Expressive Art Therapy supports your exploration of challenges and dreams with images, music, poetry, or movement. As a SoulCollage® facilitator, I offer groups and workshops at PCC and in private sessions. You are welcome to bring in your creative interests, and we will integrate creative expression into your process of self-exploration and change.

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Desiree Stang (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC III

Many times clients are able to expressive themselves more when able to do it in a different way other than words. I like to work with my client to see what works for them and help them to better express themselves.

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Steve Hohenboken, LPC, LAT (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have a Masters degree in art therapy. However, now that I see clients only via telehealth, I use hands-on art therapy approaches less frequently. Nevertheless I am always interested in helping people find ways that creativity can support their happiness and well-being.

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Amy Altenberger (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA in Art Therapy

I hold a Masters Degree in Expressive Art Therapy and I was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Marylhurst University. I incorporate art, movement, breath and mindfulness in our sessions. Talking about trauma can be difficult, art therapy allows you to express yourself and tell your story without using words in a safe non-judgmental space. You don't have to be an artist to use art therapy and we can discuss if this is the right modality for you.

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Mikki Jordan

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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