Art therapy is an integrative approach to healing that helps clients connect their mind, body, and spirit by integrating visual art-making into therapy. An art therapy session may start off with a verbal check-in, followed by an art making directive, and concluding with reflection and verbal processing of the art. The amount of time spent in each phase varies depending on the client's needs and preference for that session. Some sessions may be purely verbal and others focused more on the creative process. Our Art Therapists can provide clients with a specific directive or prompt for art making that they feel may be helpful and other times clients may work in a more self-directed way. You are always the leader in your session!
Some art modalities available include; drawing, painting, clay, collage, mixed media, found object sculpture, sewing, digital art or photography. No experience or skill with art making is necessary to benefit from art therapy. We provide all art materials for in-person sessions.
Read more about art therapy on the American Art Therapy Association website:
We also offer other Creative Arts Therapy modalities at East Bay Art Therapy such as Drama Therapy and Music Therapy, currently only for off-site contracts.
For more information about the other Creative Arts Therapy modalities (there are 6 total under this umbrella term) visit the following link:
East Bay Art Therapy owner, Tonia Herrero demonstrating an example art therapy directive.
This video is not of an actual client or client session. The "client" in the video is journalism student Grace Galletti.
Interview with East Bay Art Therapy owner, Tonia Herrero on Art Therapy and
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