Creative Relief Be Spirited Away

Anyone who has put crayon to paper, paint to a canvas or even colored pencils to a coloring book has probably experienced some of the soothing, stress-relieving power of making art.

Mosaic BeachWhen that creative relief is paired with professional therapeutic acumen, then soothing can become curative and healing can happen, especially in the skilled and caring hands of art therapist Lisa R.W. Richardson, LMHC, NCC, MAAT.

Ms. Richardson is a licensed mental health counselor with a master’s degree in art therapy. Her private practice, Spirited Away Art Therapy (, is committed to promoting healing, spiritual growth, and wellness for the benefit of an individual. Its mission is to reintroduce people to “their innate creative ability, their first language of line, form and color, to increase self-worth, to increase mindfulness, and to reduce stress,” she said.

Ms. Richardson’s clients include children and adults, plus women and men in individual or parent/child sessions. Last September she began working with Mental Health Care Court in Sarasota as a contracted counselor. She has also held group therapy sessions and works with Parkinson Café, an organization that provides social, intellectual and cultural interaction for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners (