Art Therapy

Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. – American Art Therapy Assoc.

My guest on this session is Dr. Mary Andrus. Mary has been working as an art therapist since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She was worked with a wide variety of populations in various settings. She specializes in treating adults and adolescents using a person centered approach. Her specialty is in working with trauma, abuse, grief and loss and mood disorders. She has been teaching Graduate Art Therapy Courses since 2008 and in 2010  served as President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. She has presented locally and nationally on the practice of art therapy. She has been in private practice since 2007 and incorporated Art Therapy Studio Chicago Ltd in May of 2013.  You can learn more about Dr. Andrus at

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