Art Therapy Support Groups in Portland, OR

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Photo of Celine Elise Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
Mastering Anxiety Online Group 09/20 – 11/15/2023
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR, EFT, MP
Verified
Verified
"Mastering Anxiety: An online 9-week therapy group helps members gain tools to manage their anxiety by teaching the principles of Mindfulness, CBT, and the polyvagal theory. This group mixes art therapy , somatic awareness and psychoeducation to group members. Group members ..."
(503) 837-3478
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97232
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Female Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Licensed Professional Counselor, LAT, LPC
Verified
Verified
"This group unites adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This group is generally made up of cisgendered females. This group focuses on creating a safe and supportive community, understanding effects of sexual abuse trauma, building empowerment, and improving the ..."
(503) 897-1073
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97202
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Art Therapy for Grief
Art Therapist, LCAT, ART-BC
Verified
Verified
"I offer Art Therapy for Grief groups on-line and in-person. No experience in art is necessary to benefit from this group. The groups are designed for adults (18+) who have experienced the loss of a significant person, and would like ..."
(503) 832-5061
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97206
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Pursuit of Happiness
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
"This group explores and supports the development of scientifically proven methods to increasing the quality of your life. The purpose of this group is to impart happiness life hacks that have been rigorously researched and empirically proven, then to individualize ..."
(971) 206-6263
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97209
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Visual Journaling
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
"The purpose of this group is to utilize visual journaling as a healthy and creative outlet to cope with internal and external chaos, stress, anxiety and depression. It introduces concepts of using art and writing as a process to foster ..."
(971) 206-6263
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97209
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Nonbinary/Trans Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
Licensed Professional Counselor, LAT, LPC
Verified
Verified
"This group unites nonbinary, genderqueer, or trans adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This group is generally made up of a variety of gender expressions and may include AMAB and AFAB individuals. This group focuses on creating a safe and ..."
(503) 897-1073
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97202
Waitlist for new clients
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Social Skills for Teens/Tweens
Licensed Professional Counselor, ATR-LAT, LPC
Verified
Verified
"The pandemic has impacted the social lives of young people significantly. For some, their lives were interrupted just when they were getting used to school, making friends, and growing independence. This group is a time to practice and feel more ..."
(458) 218-8822
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97202
Waitlist for new clients
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Partners of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
Licensed Professional Counselor, LAT, LPC
Verified
Verified
"This workshop is for partners of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We will learn how to support your partner and yourself in healing from the effects of sexual abuse, learn more information about sexual abuse dynamics, and learn how ..."
(503) 897-1073
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97202
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Mindfulness through Art and Nature
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
"In this group we will explore the positive impact that mindfulness, nature, and differential art materials have on emotional and mental well-being. The purpose of this group is to utilize psychotherapeutic art interventions to promote well-being, coping skills, grounding, awareness, ..."
(971) 206-6263
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97209
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Transforming Trauma Online Group 02/22 -04/12/2023
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR, EFT, MP
Verified
Verified
"Transforming Trauma: An online 8-week ONLINE therapy group helps members gain tools to understand, build compassion for and transform how one interacts with their trauma. This course will teach you psychoeducation to help your brain understand and develop compassion for your ..."
(503) 837-3478
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97232
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Process Group for Mental Health Professionals
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCAT, ATR-BC, LPC
Verified
Verified
"Virtual art therapy process group for mental health professionals (master's-level therapist, LPC, LMFT, LCSW) located in Oregon. For those seeking to create art as a means of self-expression, reflection, and emotional processing of the challenging work we do. The group ..."
(503) 436-6451
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97223
Not accepting new clients
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H.S. Vision Board Group 1/12-2/2/23
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"4 week group for high school students to create vision boards for their new year goals, mantras,setting intentions, and self expression. Snacks and journal included. $99 NEW year special! "
(503) 212-0395
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97223
Not accepting new clients
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Imagination in the Body Dream Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Using a community-healing dreamwork approach, this group explores dreams, community ritual, and the body. "
(503) 486-8662
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97209
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Creative Writing for Therapeutic Growth
LPC Intern, MS, NCC, LPC Int
Verified
Verified
"Join us for a weekly group therapy experience using creative writing to practice self-expression, building insight, and challenging isolation. This group is for clients who are learning about or practicing vulnerability, clients who use metaphors to communicate their feelings, clients ..."
(503) 987-3548
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97215
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The Art of Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"This is a creative arts personal growth wellness group for women. There are various themes such as self-care, boundaries, mindfulness meditation, creativity, and overall wellness. With each group there is a creative arts invitation to go with the topic being ..."
(503) 461-7860
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97225

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Photo of Celine Elise Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
Mastering Anxiety Online Group 09/20 – 11/15/2023
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR, EFT, MP
Verified
Verified
"Mastering Anxiety: An online 9-week therapy group helps members gain tools to manage their anxiety by teaching the principles of Mindfulness, CBT, and the polyvagal theory. This group mixes art therapy , somatic awareness and psychoeducation to group members. Group members ..."
(503) 837-3478
View
Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97232
Photo of Molly McDavitt Counseling, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
Female Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Licensed Professional Counselor, LAT, LPC
Verified
Verified
"This group unites adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This group is generally made up of cisgendered females. This group focuses on creating a safe and supportive community, understanding effects of sexual abuse trauma, building empowerment, and improving the ..."
(503) 897-1073
View
Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97202
Photo of Sally Foster Rudolph, Art Therapist in Portland, OR
Art Therapy for Grief
Art Therapist, LCAT, ART-BC
Verified
Verified
"I offer Art Therapy for Grief groups on-line and in-person. No experience in art is necessary to benefit from this group. The groups are designed for adults (18+) who have experienced the loss of a significant person, and would like ..."
(503) 832-5061
View
Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97206
Photo of Mariah Wyatt, Pre-Licensed Professional in Portland, OR
Pursuit of Happiness
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
"This group explores and supports the development of scientifically proven methods to increasing the quality of your life. The purpose of this group is to impart happiness life hacks that have been rigorously researched and empirically proven, then to individualize ..."
(971) 206-6263
View
Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97209
Photo of Mariah Wyatt, Pre-Licensed Professional in Portland, OR
Visual Journaling
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
"The purpose of this group is to utilize visual journaling as a healthy and creative outlet to cope with internal and external chaos, stress, anxiety and depression. It introduces concepts of using art and writing as a process to foster ..."
(971) 206-6263
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Group meets in:
Portland, OR 97209


Art Therapy Support Groups

How does art therapy work?

The process of making art allows people to express themselves. Art-making can take many forms, such as painting, collage, or sculpting. The therapist asks questions that the work elicits, such as how the person felt while creating their piece, or if any memories surfaced that they can discuss. The therapist will then work with the patient to process their experience, understand themselves better, and work toward change.

Does art therapy help with trauma?

Art therapy can be a valuable treatment option for those suffering from trauma. Traumatic experiences such as combat, rape, or childhood abuse can be so painful that articulating them can be too scary or painful; creating art allows people to express themselves without words, and tell their story in a different way. The physical nature of creating art can also help people feel rooted in the body, which may benefit those who feel disconnected from their body in the aftermath of trauma.

How long does art therapy last?

The duration of art therapy varies, but a common length for treatment is 10 to 15 weekly sessions. Some people may see improvement in just a few weeks, while others may choose to remain in therapy longer term. Patients should periodically discuss their goals with their therapist to make sure the two are aligned on process and progress.

What are the limitations of art therapy?

Art therapy is helpful for many people, but a limitation is that it doesn’t have as robust an evidence base as other forms of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or acceptance and commitment therapy. The evidence on art therapy is mixed; some research demonstrates its benefits, while other research suggests that it has little impact on patients.




What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Portland Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Portland is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Portland are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.