What is Art Therapy?

Throughout history artists have used their medium to express their experience, struggles and successes. Art Therapy uses visual arts and the creative process to support, maintain and improve psychosocial, physical, cognitive & spiritual health. Art Therapists are credentialed professionals who use specific art-based approaches with children, adults, groups & families. Art-making is a health-enhancing practive that positively impacts quality of life.  

All art therapy groups are closed groups, and approval from the group facilitator is required before registration is accepted. Please contact us if you are interested in participating and would like to get in touch with the group's facilitator! 

Expressive art therapy groups:

Trauma/PTSD-Weekly therapeutic arts groups for adults dealing with mental health issues & depression
-Weekly therapeutic arts groups for children and teens dealing with mental health issues & depression
-Grief &  loss support
-LGBTQ issues
-Trauma / PTSD issues
-Social skills for kids
-Additional groups offered according to community needs

Art therapy and counseling services:

  • Referrals for individual and family counseling with licensed therapists & providers.
  • Outreach providing expressive arts therapy & art-making to local agencies such as mental health facilities, group homes, nursing homes, medical settings, rehabilitation settings, educational settings, or social service settings.
  • Opportunity for community volunteers and for trainings, internships, & supervision for those in the art therapy or mental health fields.

Current Art Therapy Groups

Teen Art Therapy Group

Saratoga.

Our teen open studio sessions are a space for youth to come together, and connect with their creative side in a nonjudgmental safe environment. The goal of the open studio is to empower youth to utilize art as a resource and as a means for personal growth and social connection. Through a variety of media, youth are encouraged to express themselves, and to connect their thoughts and emotions in appropriate ways through painting, drawing, and collage and other mixed media materials. 

Participants may work on their own projects, or the project/topic of the week. Participants take part in deciding the weekly themes, and are encouraged to view this as a time and place to address their concerns, support one another, and have fun making art. For ages 13-19, guided by Aili Lopez, LMHC, ATR.  $15 per session includes materials and a light snack. Enroll online or drop in! 

Coping Creatively Art Therapy Group

Saratoga & Schenectady. 

This group is for adult individuals interested in using art and creativity as coping tools for dealing with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.

The goals of the group are:
Play. A necessity for health and happiness.
Process. Get lost in the act of art making, find yourself as you engage with your creativity.
Practice. Art techniques for coping with difficult emotions and life challenges. 

This is a good way to get unstuck, have some fun, and connect with like-minded people in a safe and non-judgmental space. You do not have to have any artistic skills to participate, all are welcome. The format of the group is very relaxed, and the facilitator provides a different theme or project each session. Cost is $15 per session. If you have been approved to join the group, you may register here.

Social Skills Through Art

Schenectady.

Enhancing social skills awareness and good communication skills can be fun when done through engaging, active and creative projects in a group atmosphere. Focus is on team-building & problem-solving skills. Open to students, ages 9-13, who enjoy art, are verbal, and able to work in a small group atmosphere. Pre-registration approval via phone or email required. If you have been approved to join the group, you may register here.

LGBTQ+ Teen Art Group

Saratoga.

Come join us for a weekly LGBTQ+ Teen art therapy group! This is a safe and open space for creative self-expression, sharing experiences, struggles, and stories, and strengthening peer support for teens aged 14-17 that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, non-binary, or any other non-heteronormative sexuality or gender. We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 pm beginning in May. Cost is $20, art materials and supplies are provided. A half hour in-person meeting (at no charge) is required before pre-registering. Please contact Camille Grec at (518) 852-8540 if you are interested or have inquiries! 

We are continuously offering new art therapy groups. 

Please check back for updated information.

If you are a credentialed therapist and would like to offer a therapy group, please contact us!