Comings and Goings, Minis

Utah’s first art therapy studio opens in Millcreek

By Sophie Silverstone

While adult coloring books and “wine and paint nights” are trending, one of three Utah board-certified art therapists say they are “poor substitutions for the power of art therapy as led by a certified art therapist.”

Early on in her career, Morrell realized the vast gap between the variety of people who were interested in the benefits of art therapy and the small handful of the population—typically those in psychiatric inpatient hospital settings —who could actually experience the services that she and her colleagues had to offer. It became her mission to open up that opportunity for healing and growth to more people, and thus the Therapy Studio was born.

The Therapy StudioLast month the Therapy Studio opened, a delightfully decorated and warm cottage in Millcreek. With nearly 15 years of experience under her belt as an art therapist, Morrell finally realized her dream of bringing art therapy to Utahns with everyday stressors and issues —people experiencing grief and loss, divorce, parenting, major illness and daily anxiety. This is the first studio of its kind in Utah, and a pioneer of this type of facility in the country.

The Therapy Studio is mostly booked by appointment, however Morrell recommends staying in touch via Facebook and their website for when they begin offering drop-in community classes, which will eventually expand to include music therapy, dance/ movement therapy, trauma-informed yoga, sandtray therapy and EMDR. — SS

The Therapy Studio, 1515 S. 3300 E.  TheTherapy.Studio

This article was originally published on November 9, 2016.