ART (Drawing, Painting, Collage & Sculpture)


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.


Art Therapy Associations


American Art Therapy Association

Illinois Art Therapy Association


Connect with us to learn more!

We are located in Downers Grove and frequently see clients from Downers Grove, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Darien, Elmhurst,

Glen Ellyn, Hickory Hills, Hillside, Hinsdale, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Oak Park, Riverside, Villa Park, Warenville, Westchester, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and Western Springs.


Counseling and arts-based psychotherapy for individuals, groups and families looking for help with children, adolescents, stress, relationships, motherhood, creative parenting interventions, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/bereavement, autism, communication, caregiving, terminal illness, and career counseling.