Integrate the full spectrum of artistic expression into therapeutic practice.
Creative expression can promote positive intrapersonal and interpersonal change and growth.
As an expressive arts therapy student at Lesley, you’ll train to become both a licensed mental health counselor and an expressive arts therapist whose therapeutic practice integrates principles of creativity, imagination, attunement, embodiment, performance, expression, and experience. You’ll learn from pioneers in the field, gain 1,150 hours of clinical experience, and graduate ready to guide individuals, groups, and communities toward wellness.
Work with arts processes that allow us to access our inner resources and make meaningful connections with one another. As an expressive arts therapist, you’ll facilitate creative processes through the most meaningful medium for each person and situation. Through reflective practice and clinical exploration learn to select approaches through the expressive arts (including music, drama, dance, writing, and visual arts) that fit clients’ needs, abilities, strengths, and goals for treatment.
While here, develop your identity as an artist as well as a therapist. Commit yourself to working within a social justice framework. With a foundation in clinical mental health counseling, gain an understanding of how one’s mind, body, spirit, and socio-cultural identity affect physical and behavioral health.
Led by pioneers in the field, our program has an international reputation that opens doors to partnerships around the world. Gain the experience you need to apply to become a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts and gain eligibility for the Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) credential through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.