What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is an opportunity to explore life's challenges with curiosity, creativity, and even a sense of playfulness. Metaphor, symbolism, and strategic use of materials all help to give form to deep, often unexpressed emotions. Artistic aptitude is not necessary.

“Art Therapy is a discipline that encourages us to create from the difficult places in life, and the skilled art therapist helps us to openly engage the most challenging conditions with a confidence that the creative process will transform conflicts into something new.”

— Sean McNiff

 

Benefits

Art making reduces heart rate, breath rate, and the production of hormones associated with stress.

While the typical 'art therapy coloring book' may offer similar stress-reducing benefits, the true power of art therapy lies in the expression, and then transformation, of strong emotions such as fear, grief, anger, and so forth.

When we work together, I use materials and art prompts strategically to help you meet your goals. We can devise a plan of brief artwork prompts so that you can be empowered to use these tools at home.
 

Rates

Individual Sessions
Rates vary based on each individuals goals/need/frequency of sessions. Contact Jodi for rates.

For Non-Profit Classes & Groups
Rates vary by class. Please see schedule or contact Jodi for more information.

Workplace Wellness
$125/hour (3-10 people)
$150/hour (11+ people)

Payment Methods
Self Pay:
Cash, Debit, Credit Card

 

A Message from Jodi

"I am truly passionate about art therapy. It has been a powerful tool in transforming my life and the lives of many of my clients. I was introduced to art therapy when I was nineteen: it helped me to define my voice and imagine a better future. Twelve years later, I decided to pursue a career in the field. I received a dual Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Prescott College. While there, I was fortunate to study with numerous art therapy pioneers including Arthur Robbins, Pat Allen, Bruce Moon, Cathy Moon, and Sean McNiff. I completed over 900 hours of internship at RCS Empowers, which is a day program for adults with developmental disability, severe brain trauma, and severe mental illness.

Since graduating in 2009, I have worked in a residential treatment facility, an outpatient clinic, and a vocational rehabilitation program. I have worked extensively with children in the custody of CPS; women and teens with eating disorders; and adults with developmental disability, autism, severe brain trauma, and/or PTSD. I have presented three times at the national conference of the American Art Therapy Association; at the Southwest Behavioral Health Conference, and numerous times at Prescott College. I hold credentials from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). 

Below, I offer some of my favorite art therapy books and resource links. I've provided answers to frequently asked questions.

 

Resources and Good Reads

 
Resources

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, American Art Therapy Association, Arizona Arts Therapy Association.

Be sure to check online for your state chapter of the American Art Therapy Association!

Art therapy for people with cancer. This page provides a great art therapy overview.

 

Good Reads

Art is a Spiritual Path. 2005, by Pat Allen.

Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul. 2004, by Sean McNiff

The Healing Aspects of Creating Art

Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants' Responses Following Art Making.

Art Therapy Clinical Studies List

 

FAQs

What are the 'expressive arts'? I define the expressive arts as any creative process used to express, explore or experience an emotion, feeling, sensation, spiritual belief, or other aspect of one's inner world. In addition to 'traditional' visual art forms, this can include writing, poetry, music, movement/dance, sewing, woodworking, even gardening or landscaping. I've had clients speak their emotional world through musical instruments, even through cooking.

I don't have a creative bone in my body. Can I do this if I'm not an artist? Absolutely. The creativity techniques are based on process, not a polished final product. We work with shapes, lines, color, metaphor. In fact, I have found that this process is very rewarding to people who declare themselves to be non-artistic.