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Art Therapy

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation. (AATA, 2017)

To learn more, please visit: https://arttherapy.org/about-art-therapy/

Art Therapy Clinicians

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Marlee Bardenett, LPC, NCC

Whitney Dahlberg

LGPAT

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Whitney Dahlberg

Whitney is a Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist. As an art therapist, she is trained in traditional counseling techniques with a specialization in art modalities.Through art making and dialogue, she pays special attention to the experiences of our mind-body connection utilizing a holistic, process-oriented perspective and works from an individualized, strengths-based, trauma-informed lens. She seeks to provide a visual channel through meaning-making to safely express and navigate obstacles to healing. Engaging in the process of art itself can improve self-esteem, increase emotional self-efficacy, and facilitate an individual sense of identity.

Whitney is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who creates an environment of safety, trust, and respect for her clients. She has worked with individuals of all ages experiencing grief, depression, anxiety, medical diagnosis, and trauma. She is passionate about art as a tool for communication and the healing power of the creative process.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please reach out to info@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or complete our online appointment request form.

Phone/ Fax

(301) 304-7108

Address

124 N. Court St. Frederick MD 21701

3534 Urbana Pike, Suite C
Frederick, MD 21704

5216 Chairmans Court Unit 104 Frederick, MD 21703