Explore the visual arts as a means to connect with yourself!
"Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the Art Therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem."
-- American Art Therapy Association
The Center for Creative Arts Therapy's therapists use an integrated art program to reduce the client's resistance to psychotherapy, thus opening new creative possibilities for therapeutic intervention. Art therapy, as a therapeutic modality, involves visual and verbal processing that gives the therapist unique insight and amazing tools to reach the core issues. Our therapists are able to explore the client's negative patterns and set forth a new way to approach difficult situations.
How does it work?
Art therapy consists of creating many different kinds of art and then processing the total experience through individual and group therapy. Clients are able to creatively communicate in a safe manner, sharing their inner thoughts and fears in an emotionally safe zone. The use of art expression allows our clients to safely reflect how they see the world through their art. In addition, clients are able to explain the way the see themselves, and how they think others see them; safely conveying the tough issues that have derailed their emotional growth. Art therapy allows clients to share and understand things about themselves that they might otherwise find difficult to express.
Who are Art Therapists?
Art therapists hold a master’s or doctoral degree in Art Therapy from a program accredited by the American Art Therapy Association. The designation of Registered Art Therapists (ATR) is awarded by the Art Therapy Credentials Board with the completion of 1000 hours of supervised, direct clinical contact post graduation.
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All of our therapists, counselors and healthcare practitioners are licensed to practice in Illinois.
Our team of mental health professionals attend hours of ongoing training, allowing them to provide the highest quality services to you and your family.
We offer weekday, evening, and weekend in-person and telehealth appointments to fit around your busy schedule.
We accept most major insurance plans and are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Cigna. We also provide out-of-network services.
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Nervous about starting therapy? Have questions? Call our friendly intake line before you begin.
Everything you discuss with our office staff or healthcare providers will be kept completely confidential.
How do I get started with therapy?
Help is just a few easy steps away. Schedule an Appointment or call 847-477-8244. Visit our How to Get Started page for answers to your questions.
How can therapy help?
Almost anyone can benefit from therapy. It is a supportive process for personal growth and self-improvement. Many scientific studies show that therapy is a helpful way to learn more about yourself, improve your range of coping skills, and learn how to deal with life’s stressors more effectively. Get Started.
Is creative arts therapy covered by insurance?
Yes! We accept most major insurance plans and are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Cigna. We also provide out-of-network services.
How much does therapy cost?
Costs depend on many factors, including your insurance and financial situation. Our fee for 52-minute sessions is $150. Your therapist can answer further questions about costs. We accept several major insurance plans and our fees are eligible for reimbursement by most Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs), Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Questions? Contact Us!
How often do I need to come in?
Therapy is kind of like fitness – the more you put into it, usually the more you benefit. Our clients tell us that at least one session per week is most helpful to them. Of course, coming more or less often is also an option. Questions? Contact Us!