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Discover how starting art therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Starting Art therapy

What is art therapy?

Art therapy from our Colorado Springs therapists taps into self-expression through creative activities like painting and drawing to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. It helps people explore, understand, and cope with their unique challenges.

How does art therapy work?

Art therapy works through the creation or even observance and appreciation of art. It empowers one to reflect on their true thoughts and emotions. Techniques commonly used in art therapy include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Coloring
  • Sculpting
  • Photography

Is art therapy conducted in person or online?

Art therapy at Thriveworks in Colorado Springs, CO is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does art therapy last?

Art therapy with our providers at Thriveworks in Colorado Springs, CO can last for a few weeks, months, or longer. It depends on what challenges the client might be working through, the severity of those challenges, as well as other needs or preferences.

Need more help deciding?

There’s something that calls us, as humans, to creating. The Greeks had a word for it: poiesis. It’s the root of the word poetry, and it describes the very human and natural process of stepping out of everyday expectations and reality, and into a world of imagination and creativity. This new world unhinges us and allows us to explore emotions and beliefs that talking and thinking alone can’t reach. The path to this strange new world? Creating.

For some people, traditional talk therapy just isn’t for them. That’s okay! There are many more ways to uncover what you’re feeling and thinking and grow past them into a life you want to live. Thriveworks Colorado Springs offers Expressive Arts Therapy as one such method.

What Is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy is simply a professional take on the process of transitioning into a different state of mind for the purpose of healing and growing. It’s so easy for our brains to get caught up in the day-to-day routine and worries, that we push our emotions and thoughts to the side. There, they can start to fester, growing into something dangerous.

Expressing yourself through art is one way to keep this from happening and to attack a negative thought if it’s already there. The counselors at Thriveworks Colorado Springs are trained in many different techniques so we can adapt to your personality and situation. There’s never a reason you have to stay in pain and suffering.

Expressive Arts Therapy is a very broad branch of counseling, and Thriveworks Colorado Springs is eager to explore it with you. Some of the more common practices in Expressive Arts Therapy include:

  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Journaling
  • Acting
  • Storytelling/poetry
  • Making life maps or videos

And much more! The key of Expressive Arts Therapy is that it reflects your unique process. The great thing about Expressive Arts Therapy is that you don’t have to have any prior skill or experience in the art you would like to practice. At Thriveworks Colorado Springs, this type of therapy is focused on the process, not the result. Afterall, it is through the process that you explore and discover aspects of yourself. The result is not nearly as important.

What Does an Expressive Arts Therapy Counseling Session Look Like?

That depends! What kind of creative process calls to you the most? What is going on in your life you would like to explore?

The counselors at Thriveworks Colorado Springs act as a guide, but never lead the process. We might give you instructions such as, “Paint something important to you.” Or, “Write about your ideal day.”

It’s important that our counselors establish trust with our clients before progressing forward with Expressive Arts. For example, we might start with journaling until you grow accustomed to our counselors and to the process of using creativity to fuel change. Then, we might move on to art or even drama.

Of course, even this is contingent on what you are comfortable with and need in your therapy session. Some people are ready to jump in with art or poetry, and others choose to stay in the lighter end of Expressive Arts such as journaling. (Lighter does not mean less effective of course! It is just a little more grounded in reality, which is what some people need and want.)

Expressive Arts Therapy has been proven to improve functioning in four distinct areas:

  • Expression
  • Imagination
  • Active participation
  • Mind-body connection.

In other words, it encourages you to become more aware to your internal and external experiences and make changes based on that. The skills you learn in Expressive Arts Therapy will carry far beyond the counseling room.

Is Expressive Arts Therapy For Me?

Expressive Arts Therapy has been used to treat everyone from children to adults for everything from low self-esteem to trauma to behavioral issues.

Thriveworks Colorado Springs believes there is never too small or big of a reason to see a counselor. If you are not at your healthiest, happiest self, it’s worth giving counseling a try!

A few examples of topics discussed in an Expressive Arts Therapy session with Thriveworks Colorado Springs include:

  • ADHD
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Eating Disorders
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Stress
  • Chronic mental/physical illness

And many more! Expressive Arts is a way for you to take back control of your mind and body and do so in a way that you truly enjoy. Thriveworks Colorado Springs is excited to begin this journey with you.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Colorado Springs therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | PPO - HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Colorado Springs
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Excellent therapist who listens deeply and engages in thoughtful caring dialogue . With helpful analysis and suggestions .
Read more Excellent therapist who listens deeply and engages in thoughtful caring dialogue . With helpful analysis and suggestions .
Sreedevi Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I feel heard, and understood. I have trust in my therapist that she is guiding me into take the right path and actions towards me healing old wounds and trauma from the past
Read more I feel heard, and understood. I have trust in my therapist that she is guiding me into take the right path and actions towards me healing old wounds and trauma from the past
Sharon Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Marie Beltran is such a wonderful therapist. She’s patient very caring and understanding. She truly a joy to talk to ? Thankful to have such a great therapist in my life ❤️
Read more Marie Beltran is such a wonderful therapist. She’s patient very caring and understanding. She truly a joy to talk to ? Thankful to have such a great therapist in my life ❤️
Colorado Springs Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
Read more Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
Colorado Springs Sep 2019
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★★★★★
My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
Read more My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
Colorado Springs Jul 2019
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★★★★★
Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
Read more Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
Colorado Springs Jul 2019
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★★★★★
Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
Read more Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
Colorado Springs Jun 2019
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★★★★★
I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
Read more I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
Colorado Springs Jun 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Colorado Springs is located at the corner of Chancellor and Channel Drive. Our building is across from Sassy Tan, next to Pikes Peak Dental, and slightly north of Fairfax Ridge Park. We share a building with Brothers Dental, and have parking available directly outside our main entrance.

Phone number

(719) 259-4585

Languages spoken by CO providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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