Art Therapy

MUSC Arts in Healing art therapist with hospital patient at the bedside painting colorful images in art therapy session

Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of artmaking to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. When words are hard to find, art therapy has the power to bring further meaning and insight as artmaking with a certificated clinician can be a non-threatening tool that allows individuals to open up and share their feelings, views, and experiences in a supportive way.

Art therapists are masters or doctorate level mental health professionals trained in both art and psychotherapy. During sessions, the art therapist will discuss your needs, suggest art media, and work with you to utilize the creative process and resulting artwork to meet therapeutic goals. Anyone can benefit from art therapy and does not require talent or technical abilities.

Art therapy services are connected to the MUSC Arts in Healing department.

Services Offered

Individual Art Therapy Session

Meet one-on-one for a 60-minute session with a certified art therapist to identify therapeutic goals, and to plan a course of intentional actions to guide you or your child in your therapeutic process. After your initial art therapy session, follow-up sessions are focused on meeting you where you are and gently guiding you through the artmaking process to your goals.

Client Focus

  • Adults
  • College Students
  • Teens
  • Preteens
  • Children (4+)

Specialties Include

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Siblings of those with disabilities or illness
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Infertility and Postpartum
  • LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Grief and Loss

Small-Group Art Therapy (children and adolescents)

Offered throughout the year, these small groups are led by a certified art therapist and designed to help your child use the artmaking process to build self-esteem, promote mindfulness, and increase resiliency. If you are interested in learning more about when these groups are offered, please send us an email at artsinhealing@musc.edu or call 843-792-2648.