Andrea Atherton, MS, TR-BC, CAC III
Andrea is a master level, registered-board certified art therapist and level III addictions counselor She has 15 years experience with a variety of populations that include; persons with chronic/acute illness, addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorder, relationships, divorce, brain injury, grief/loss, PTSD, GLBTIQ issues, and women’s issues. Andrea has found her niche in working with art & mindfulness to create a contemporary treatment for persons seeking an integrated approach to emotional wellness.
Art Therapy is beneficial for treating clients dealing with self-esteem, women's and relationship issues; and grief/loss, addictions/co-occurring, trauma, depression; mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders & body image. Andrea weaves together art, talk therapy and your personal strengths to promote emotional, physical and spiritual healing.
Through the creative experience, in this safe and non-judgmental environment, you can unlock your authentic truth and personal healing potential and learn to live within your integrity, establishing health and balance in all areas of your life. Through the use of art, you can uncover limitless images that promote growth and understanding. Creativity is an innate intuitive expression that utilizes your right brain that houses feeling and emotion. Art helps us find solutions, where words alone are limited and often tainted by our analytical mind and our ego.
Image-making allows boundless potential for wellness, sobriety, self-esteem, healthy relationships, stress reduction, creative self expression, self knowing and full balanced living.
What is art therapy?
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. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.