Yasuko “Sue” Yoshihara

Yasuko “Sue” Yoshihara ATR-BC., LCPC

My name is Yasuko Yoshihara (She/Her) who was known as “Sue” since I became an art therapist. I am Licensed Clinical Professional counselor and credentialed by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), the American Association of Art Therapy (AATA). I worked extensively at U of C Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital with different diagnosed children/adolescents and their caregivers. Prior to the experiences, I worked with at-risk children, adolescents, Battered women and their children as well as mentally challenged youths at the private practice with psychologists. I completed a Master in Art Therapy/Counselor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and received a BA in Textile design at U of Zokei in Tokyo.

Art therapy is one of many methods of treatment. It is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship (American Art Therapy Association, 2017).

Art-making is a way to give voice to that which is not easily expressed with words. I am passionate about assisting individuals with all ages to find their creative voices and use adaptive ways to assist them in meeting their needs.

Art therapy uses art processes and products as a way to work through and deal with problems many people face to help them develop their potential to live healthy, satisfying lives. Art making can be calming and therapeutic in nature, as well as be an outlet for self-expression based on the treatment goals.