What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is the use of creative methods and materials to guide and foster self-expression, healing, emotional regulation, social communication, and mental well-being. Art becomes a vessel and container for the individual to explore and express various goals, struggles or situations they would like to work through. Art therapy is very different for each individual and can be a wonderful alternative of therapy when words just aren't enough. Having a visual language to communicate can be safer and more comfortable in exploring yourself through the therapeutic journey. 

As an art therapist Rachel uses a multidimensional approach, which includes creative art making, dance and movement, music, singing poetry, spoken word (expressive art therapy), role playing techniques and psychodrama, somatic approaches, mindfulness, meditation, and narrative therapy to name a few. 

Who Qualifies for Art Therapy?

Individuals are commonly referred for art therapy for various reasons, these include: 

Varying Disorders or symptoms of (anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, suicidal ideation, BiPolar, Schizophrenia etc.)

Work/Life Stress

Grief or Loss

Career Change or Transition 

Executive Functioning (working memory, planning, staying on task etc.)

Social Skills (using the creative process to express language)

Self-Esteem and Confidence 

Sensory Processing (inappropriate responses to sensory stimuli)

Fine Motor Skills (difficulty manipulating small objects etc.)


Rachel Elizabeth Szewczuk, MA ATR

Art Therapist and Mental Health Counselor