Lisa Mitchell, MFT, ATR
The way that first splash of paint hits the canvas.
The way a spontaneous squiggle can turn a “mistake” into a “masterpiece.”
The way a client’s eyes light up when they break through to a solution, all on their own.
That’s what ART means to me.
It’s about getting unstuck. It’s about self-expression. It’s about finding surprising solutions to all of life’s challenges, big and small.
And when you awaken your inner artist, there is no problem you can’t solve.
As a therapist with over 20 years of experience, I’ve had the honor of supporting thousands of teens, individuals, couples + families. Art has always been the focal point of my practice — and a huge part of my life.
Before opening The Art Therapy Studio, I used art in foster family agencies with traumatized and abused children to help soothe their anxiety and fear.
Before that, I used art to help families living with domestic violence and drug addiction to discover new ways of communicating + connecting to themselves and one another.
And before that, I used art to create moments of healing + vulnerability between hardened juvenile sex offenders — the kind of people that most deemed “beyond help” and “beyond hope.”
In August of 2003, I opened The Art Therapy Studio, my own private practice — a place to share the power of art therapy in a welcoming and beautiful space.
At the studio, there’s a limitless supply of art materials, lots of good table space and splatter-friendly walls. Best of all, we’re just across the street from a park — with a wandering family of free-range roosters!
With The Art Therapy Studio, my vision was (and still is) to apply art therapy to a wide range of challenges — like depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, grief, loss, trauma, trouble at work + at school, conflict and communication breakdowns, chronic stress and more.
Diversity keeps me energized — and when it comes to solving problems, the creative process is universally applicable.
For the past 15 years, I’ve divided my time between my two greatest passions:
- Using art therapy to help my clients heal, grow and find solutions to seemingly-unsolvable problems.
- Training other therapists to use art + creativity in their own practices. (There’s a whole other website, for that!)
As of July 2018, I’ve started a sabbatical to explore and experience a more handcrafted life. I’m not currently taking new clients or teaching. For more information on my sabbatical, go here.
Be well, and be in touch.
A few more “official” details …
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC33800) and a Registered Art Therapist (97-010). I graduated from California State University—Sacramento with my M.S. in Counseling and Art Therapy in 1994. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Mitchell, MFT,