Art Therapy Basics 101:
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The Animal Combination Drawing will be in my new book entitled "Art Therapy 101" by Dr. Michelle Stangline. This eBook will be available for purchase on this site by January, 2016. Please see the right hand column of this site if you are interested in purchasing this book after January, 2016.

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A Licensed, or Certified Mental Health Professional, realizes that they need to be able to offer an eclectic therapy approach clients the ability to express their feelings in many different ways.

Art therapy is one of the best ways to be able to do this. You don't need to be an artist yourself, you just need some professional training. The "freedom of expression" and "art therapy translation" is the most important part.

One of the ways a Creative Therapist does this is through Art Therapy & Counseling. I use this valuable tool daily on my clients and students. 

An example above of an art therapy technique that shows how a client or student views themself in the world.  "The Three Animals". See link at the bottom for directions. 

First, let me tell you about my journey as a Creative Art Therapy Counselor. I was lucky that I had studied art in college and even graduated from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a certificate in Interior Design. So, I had a small background in art that did give me an edge creatively.

Yet, as I began to practice the therapy art counseling I realized I needed more training as an Art Therapy Counselor. I called about some Art Therapy workshops and got absolutely nowhere.

I was told by one art therapist that she would not allow me to attend her workshop because I was a licensed professional counselor, and not an art therapist.

She said that since she could not be an licensed professional therapist that I could not be an art therapist. True, one does have to major in "Art Therapy" to call oneself an art therapist. But, I was a counselor who wanted to help my clients express themselves in other ways than "talking."

It was shocking to me that the art therapy door was shut. The more I learned about art therapy showed me that Art Therapy got its roots from traditional psychology.

For a while the door to learn more about incorporating art into my practice was shut. I only had the House, Tree, Person drawing, the Family Portrait, and the Self Portrait in art therapy to use with clients.

I did learn the Mandala in a workshop and that was an amazing new "tool" to show my clients. By the way, all my clients loved it.

My world in Art Therapy Counseling opened up when I began my training as a Certified Trauma Specialist. As a trauma specialist, I learned the value of "drawing the trauma out of the self."

It was an incredible way to do therapy and really helped my clients deal with the issues and grief they were facing at the time.

As a supervisor for counselors seeking licensure, I was horrified to see a child's drawing a supervisee brought into me. It was done on white paper and drawn with a blue pen.

The counselor only had blue ink pens and white paper for a child of trauma to express himself with. I was horrified when I saw this drawing as the child only had a blue pen!

Please do not be this type of counselor. We need to seek training and supervision in many areas, especially for our children clients who need more than "talk therapy."

After working with clients and students of counseling I began to call counseling with art "Art Therapy Counseling." We are counselors who utilize "The Art of Counseling", right?!

But we need to seek training in this area to make us effective. We also have the responsibility to be ethical to our clients.

As licensed counselors we need to take the time to seek training and supervision in order to be the best we can be for our clients.

Our clients deserve a counselor, or therapist, that is well trained and has many tools to offer them!

The Creative Counselor is that counselor, or therapist who can offer art therapy! This website is meant to be a tool for you to use, but it is up to you to gain the supervision and training in all areas including art counseling.

You can begin this journey as a mental health professional who utilizes art therapy by:

1. Practicing the art therapy techniques below (See Bottom Links) on yourself first. I add pages on this special topic throughout the year, so keep checking back.

2. Read the pages posted at Creative Counseling 101 on art therapy. 

3. Continue to seek training as a art / counseling therapist.


House-Tree-Person Art Therapy Technique 


Catastrophe Scale in Art Therapy Activity 

What do the colors mean in Art Therapy & Color Psychology? 

Shelter House Art Therapy Technique 

Art Therapy Group Counseling Activity Worksheet 

Art Therapy Family Portrait Drawing 


Art Therapy Assessment Drawing Technique 

Art Therapy Interpreting Drawings 

Get More Ideas Here: Creative Counseling 101 Home 

Anger Management & Art Therapy Crinkled Paper Technique 

Art Therapy Counseling Pictionary 

Art Therapy Christmas Tree Drawing & World 

The Three Animals Art Therapy Technique


The Kinetic Family Drawing Art Therapy Technique/a> 

The Kinetic School Drawing Art Therapy Technique/a> 

String of Lights Art Therapy & Genogram Drawing Technique 

Art Therapy / Meet in the Middle Activity 

Art Therapy / Anger Mangement Angry Snowball Technique



See More Art Therapy and Creative Teaching Ideas and Methods Here:

The Art Therapy Self-Portrait Technique
Learn More About Creativity From An Art Therapist Turned Artist Here
See More Art Therapy Techniques on Creative Teaching Ideas and Methods Here
See Art Therapy Yoga Techniques Here
See "Scars & Grief Healing" Art Therapy Techniques Here
House / Tree / Sun / Water / Art Therapy Animal Drawing Technique
Adult / Child Coloring Book Page Meditation: Paradise Island Technique
Art Therapy Meditation Game with Free Printable Board Technique
Art Therapy Roll-A-Feelings-Game
Art Therapy Feeling Bubbles Activity
Art Therapy Emotional Art Activity

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Visit our sister website: The Crayon Box Art Therapy.com for even more wonderful ideas and activities in art therapy. Click the link below to visit this website:

The Crayon Box Art Therapy Website
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