The Art Therapy Studio's tireless dedication to improving the lives of those it serves through the therapeutic use of art is an inspiration to the field. Working for an organization comprised of so many art therapists means that the therapists on staff are constantly being inspired, encouraged and challenged to provide high quality and innovative arts based therapy.
The Art Therapy Studio is a truly caring organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for anyone through the therapeutic use of art, and with a specific heart for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. Its unique services and skilled therapists have touched the lives of thousands of people over the years, including being a training ground for hundreds of therapists working in other places today. It's the oldest (and best!) expressive arts therapy program of its kind in the country,
The Art Therapy Studio is greatly respected in the area and has a great reputation. As another arts education center in the area, we applaud the work they are doing and support their efforts to help others through art.
I sought out this organization for an internship as part of my graduate studies in Art Therapy. I considered it an honor to be selected by the Art Therapy Studio. The Art Therapy Studio serves a broad spectrum of clients both on-site and through-out the community through contracted work with other organizations. The process of creating builds both skills and self-esteem in clients. I have seen the smiles and personal growth of clients first hand when they accomplish something by their own efforts through the nurturing encouragement of the art therapists.
I learned about The Art Therapy Studio simply because it was the only place offering a collage class at the time. A dozen years later, not only do I continue to enjoy the various collage offerings, I have learned that the 'therapy' in art is a beautiful thing for all of us! Friendships have flourished, skills have been honed, and there is a wonderful anticipation to being with a supportive group of people on so many levels. It's very special when you take a class to learn something new and it opens a whole new world to you.
All I wanted was to learn to do collage....and I ended up with years of warm and generous friendships. This art class is therapy in so many ways. While we stretch our creative possibilities, we share our lives with our classmates. We are open to each other's offers and insights. We pull our collective backgrounds into play while growing as individuals along the way. We have learned that , indeed, we Can Do. We have learned to applaud our successes. Whether we come into the class suffering in some emotional, physical, or mental way....or come into class on top of the world...we're all in it together. Everyone is there to work with you. And , you know what?, the art we produce is darn good too!
Review from Guidestar
Since 2012, my experience working with ATS staff, volunteers and supporters has been exceptional. This is an organization totally committed to its mission and achieving great results!
i have been at the art therapy studio since 1994 my confidence build showed my art in venues and galleries. living my dream has led to positive results. with anxiety and frustration the therapist works with my issues. the whole art therapy studio community is very supportive i am grateful for the studio a place i can come too. i am still here since 1195 i have found a purpose
I had had a severe , what we might call , mental breakdown/depressive episode, in 2012. Everything in me was on overdrive, and I lost my ability to concentrate, even read a book or a newspaper. Not able to sit still, but needing to do something more, I discovered the Art Therapy Studio on the computer.
I hadn't 'done' any art since grade school, more than 40 years go. I started with clay, then went onto water colors, then crayons, some pastel chalk, now back to watercolors. Sometimes I go large, sometimes small. Gradually, my ability to concentrate and to read a book, came back. I am still quite restless as I also have anxiety/depression and ADD struggles. Art Therapy helps to calm and focus that constant energy into something better.
My counselor says I have problems with emotional regulation (at age 56, uh huh!). I have found that Art Therapy Studio helps me to deal with those very intense emotions in a more positive way.
When my counselor was battling his own cancer, I was battling it too, through art therapy. The unspoken thing, that was REALLY HARD, and that has NO NAME, is the 'theoretical division between a counselor/therapist and his client. Supposedly, as his client, I was just supposed to forget about him and put up that 'fence of distance' between us, like he was supposed to do with me, while going through cancer treatment. (What a crock of nonsense!)
No way, could that possibly have happened, as we have been together for more than 8 years, and we are integral to one another. I helped him to fight his cancer, with my art, cartoons, and cards. He helps to keep me together with his counseling, wit, and enduring patience.
I like the freedom I have, to do what ever I can think of, and I have the gentle and ALWAYS encouraging guidance of the Art Therapists, to help get me through the intensity of what I am usually experiencing. My counselor has seen a really great improvement in me, and he has seen tremendous growth in me through my art. Mainly, he tells me to just keep doing it!
It is no small compliment to say that the Art Therapy Studio has HEALED TWO PEOPLE, NOT JUST ONE, in ways that can't always be expressed. For that particular kind of healing, he and I will be forever, grateful and forever blessed!
Ironically, he and I both started your time together at Metro Health, right where the Art Therapy Studio.org got it's start. Seems fitting, doesn't it?
We are very pleased with services provided by our art therapist. My students look forward to Ashliegh coming each week! I would highly recommend.
I volunteered for the Art Therapy Studio at MetroHealth for what began as a one year journey. Ultimately, I ended up staying for five years and taking 72 hours as part of the Clinical Art Therapy program. The reason I stayed is that I witnessed every Saturday how transformative art as therapy was for both the patients and families. Also tending to echo out into the hospital, it had the tendency to create a more positive attitude and experience for people working at the hospital. We occasionally would have staff join us. Wanting to rejoin this community of care, I recently decided to return to collage to obtain my Master's in Art Therapy and once again feel purpose driven.