What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a type of therapy that encourages self-expression through art, in addition to conversation. Traditional counseling techniques are used with a use of art materials. The act of painting, drawing, and creating art can be very therapeutic for many individuals. Throughout each therapy session, specific art techniques and goals are developed to assist an individual through personal struggles. The creative process of art-making helps those who are unable to verbalize their feelings through conversation alone. Piecing together a story or a theme through art may bring self-awareness and clarity.
Art therapy promotes mental and emotional well-being for people of all ages. This can be accomplished through drawing, painting, sculpting and other materials.
A person who attends an art therapy session is not required to have any type of artistic talent or ability. The creation of art during art therapy is based on process, not product.
Katie is a trained clinician that graduated with her Masters in Art and Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. She has worked with various populations including children, young adults, older adults, patients with dementia/Alzhiemer's disease, cognitive disorders, cancer and patients receiving hospice with their families.
Accepting Anthem BC/BS insurance and Private Pay
Please refer to current schedule for available group therapy.
At this time, I only accept Anthem. I am currently waiting approval from Cigna & Husky. I will post as soon as this is available. I am sorry for any inconvenience.
The approach I use is humanistic and person-centered, while using cognitive-behavioral techniques. I like to focus on a person's strengths, rather than weaknesses, and provide support through each life challenge. I like to hold a safe environment that encourages self-discovery and self-expression. Working in groups or individually, I can help through art therapy and empathic listening.
- Katie Claywell, MAAT, LPC