The expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. 


-- International Expressive Arts Therapy Association


At the Center for Creative Arts Therapy we use integrated Expressive Arts Therapies as a powerful strength-based therapeutic approach to help clients build self-confidence and an authentic self-identity. Through creative art expression guided by qualified therapists (expressive therapy) our clients are able to build on their artistic talents (strengths). Our goal is to match our clients' artistic interests and strengths and motivate them to engage in therapy. We refer to this as an integrated therapeutic approach to overcoming harmful self-identity issues.


How does it work?


Use of the expressive arts multiplies the avenues by which a client can seek meaning, clarity, and healing. It deepens and transcends traditional talk therapy by acknowledging that each client’s process is unique. The accessibility of expressive arts therapy is due to the focus being not on artistic outcomes but rather on the process of creating. A client of expressive arts therapy is not required to have any artistic ability, which is often referred to as “low skill, high sensitivity.” Rather, it is through the use of the client’s senses that the imagination can process, flourish, break-way to, and support healing. Intermodal in its approach, expressive arts therapy realizes that all modalities and movement between them supports the expression of all the senses, thereby enhancing the experience of the imagination more fluently.


Who are Expressive Arts Therapists?


Training to be an expressive arts therapist requires at least a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from an accredited university. Additionally, programs exist that offer certificate programs or studies in expressive arts for those who want to use the expressive arts in related fields like coaching, consulting, and education. Training is continuing to grow internationally; for a list of current available resources, please visit the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), which offers a comprehensive resource for all graduate training programs, certificates, and professional development in expressive arts training.


Expressive Arts Therapy Associations


International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)

National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations


Let us support you and your family through compassionately creative counseling and arts-based psychotherapy services. Give us a call today to learn more about creative arts therapy (art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, expressive arts therapy) in the Downers Grove, Hinsdale, DuPage county and Chicago area! Feel free to call us at (847) 477-8244 or email us.

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.