Art Therapy

Art therapist, Melissa Compton

Meet our
Art Therapist

Melissa is dually licensed as a Creative Arts Therapist AND a Mental Health Counselor so is equipped to help you work through many different issues utilizing art AND traditional therapy!

Melissa is accepting
in-person and telehealth.

Here are some of the areas where
Melissa offers support:


  • Anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Depression and depressive symptoms
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence issues
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Stress and burnout
  • Anger management
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Chronic pain and illness
  • Aging-related concerns (e.g., dementia, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Psychosomatic disorders
  • Self-exploration and personal growth
  • Existential and spiritual concerns
  • Adjustment and life transitions (e.g., divorce, career changes)
  • Parenting and family-related challenges
  • Workplace-related stress and conflicts
  • Creative blocks and artistic self-expression challenges
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Art Therapy is a powerful tool for improving overall well-being and fostering a connected sense of self. It enhances cognitive and sensory-motor functions, boosts self-esteem and self-awareness, and builds emotional resilience. Effective in treating various mental health concerns, Art Therapy promotes insight, self-compassion, social skills, and conflict resolution. It helps express thoughts, feelings, and emotions that may be hard to verbalize, providing a safe space to process them.

Engaging the mind, body, and spirit in unique ways, Art Therapy transcends the limitations of language through symbolic, kinesthetic, perceptual, and sensory experiences, offering alternative forms of communication. It can be an empowering experience, enabling individuals to explore their inner worlds and gain deeper self-understanding. Accessible to all, no prior artistic skill or experience is needed. Through various art materials, individuals can explore and gain insight into their own experiences.

Let Creativity Spark Insights: Art has a sneaky way of unlocking hidden thoughts and emotions. Through the artistic process, you’ll gain new perspectives, tap into your inner wisdom, and discover profound insights about yourself and the world around you. Who knew art could be so enlightening?

Unlock Your Inner Voice: Art therapy provides a sanctuary where your creativity can flourish, enabling you to access and express emotions and experiences that lie beyond the reach of words alone. Through artistic expression, you can tap into the depths of your being, unlocking your inner voice and giving shape to your unique narrative.

Engage Mind, Body, and Soul: By engaging different parts of the brain, art therapy takes a holistic approach to healing. It stimulates the right hemisphere, associated with emotions, intuition, and creativity, allowing you to bypass the constraints of language and connect with your deepest emotions and subconscious thoughts.

Externalize and Gain Perspective: Creating art offers a tangible representation of your emotions and experiences, helping you externalize them and gain a fresh perspective. This newfound distance fosters self-reflection, introspection, and personal growth as you gain insights into your own journey.

Catharsis and Emotional Release: Artistic expression becomes a cathartic process, providing a safe outlet for the release of pent-up emotions. It allows you to give voice to pain, grief, anger, or confusion, fostering emotional release, and promoting a sense of relief and well-being.

Empowerment and Resilience: Art therapy empowers you to take control of your healing journey. By making choices about colors, shapes, and forms in your artwork, you regain a sense of agency and rebuild self-esteem. It becomes a transformative tool for nurturing resilience and regaining a sense of empowerment.

Connection and Communication: Art serves as a universal language that transcends cultural and linguistic barriers. Melissa is trained interpret the symbolic language within your artwork, fostering dialogue and facilitating a deeper understanding of your inner world. It creates connections, promoting a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Art therapy is a flexible and inclusive form of therapy that anyone can engage in, regardless of their artistic abilities. The focus is on self-exploration, emotional expression, and the therapeutic process, making it a valuable tool for personal growth and healing.

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Overall, art therapy is a unique and effective form of therapy that can help individuals of all ages and backgrounds explore their emotions, improve their mental health, and enhance their overall well-being. Art Therapy can be utilized alongside other treatment modalities.

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