What is Art Therapy?

...an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development, psychological theories, and techniques with visual arts to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Art therapy has the unique ability to unlock emotional expression by facilitating non-verbal communication. Art and art making are inherently perceptually and sensory based and involve the brain and the body in ways that verbal language does not. Art therapy provides an alternative means of communicating for those who cannot find the words to express anxiety, pain or emotions as a result of trauma, combat, physical abuse, loss of brain function, depression, and other debilitating health conditions.

 (Excerpt from The American Art Therapy Association)


Chelsea is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Art Therapist in the state of New Mexico. She facilitates art therapy groups inside of The David Loughridge Learning Center at Meow Wolf.

Below are examples of Chelsea’s personal art therapy processes.