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Artistic Affirmations Counseling

Leanne M. Perez, MA, LMFT/AT

Marriage and Family Art Therapist

7512 Stanich Lane Suite 5

Gig Harbor, WA 98335


History of Art Therapy

Combining art and psychology is not a new concept. Famous psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) once cited his patients often saying, "I could draw it...but I don't know how to say it."

From the Pre-Historic drawings of Lascaux, France to modern day exhibits, creating images has taken on many forms and meanings. Similarly, Art Therapy has emerged from its early days as "art as therapy" (Edith Kramer, 1916-) and "therapy as art" (Margaret Naumburg, 1890-1983) into to what is practiced today within the therapeutic realm.

These early concepts were the catalyst to the current American Art Therapy Association ( Since it's inception in 1969, AATA has grown to over 5,000 members across the nation and is recognized around the world.

Art Therapy is a nonverbal pathway for all ages gaining insight into one's mental well-being. The profession of Art Therapy is maintained by professional standards and ethical responsibilities, paving the way for alternative methods to wellness.