Art at noon: art therapy and catharsis

Invited Lecture: Art at Noon

Delaplaine Arts Center

Art therapists are primed with the knowledge of how the aesthetic experience of both viewing and creating art creates psychological and physiological change that supports emotional integration, catharsis, and resilience. Denise Wolf, credentialed and licensed art therapist, identifies the function of catharsis in both the viewing and creation of artwork, drawing on her more than 20 years of clinical practice and contemporary research. This talk was presented in conjunction with our Catharsis exhibition, on display through October 31, 2021. Find more information about this exhibition at…. (This video was recorded on September 10, 2021.)”

Art at Noon: Art Therapy and Catharsis. 1:01:51 on YouTube

Videos shown in Ms. Wolf’s presentation: – Portions of this video were edited out of the presentation, as they may not be suitable for young children.


Episode 61: Inside the World of Our Adolescents with Lynn Langan and Denise Wolf

On this week’s episode of Light After Trauma, we welcome back our good friend, Denise R. Wolf MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC along with our brand new guest, author Lynn Langan. Alyssa, Denise, and Lynn are passionate about helping adolescents and use this episode to dive into the struggles and unique challenges facing our youth today. In Lynn Langan’s brand new book, Duke & The Lonely Boy, she takes readers inside the world of our adolescents and emphasizes the importance of making kids feel seen and heard. Whether you are an adolescent, a young adult, a teacher, a therapist, or a parent, this discussion as well as Lynn’s book will help you to better understand how to navigate the world of our adolescents.

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Free! Art at Noon: Art Therapy and Catharsis.

sponsored by the Delaplaine Arts Center

Friday, Sep 10 • 12–1 pm
Most writings on catharsis – historical and philosophical – speak of catharsis as a process that affects those experiencing or viewing a work of art or a play

In this free, art at noon talk, I will identify the function of catharsis in both the viewing and creating of artwork, drawing on more than 20 years of clinical practice and contemporary research.

Expressive Therapies Conference for 2021 is in Atlantic City and Live via Zoom!


  • MULTIMODAL, featuring all of the creative arts therapies: art, drama, music, psychodrama, writing, dance, and play therapies.
  • INTERMODAL, emphasizing collaborative workshops by two or more specialists
  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY, including professionals and content from other fields.

This extraordinary continuing education opportunity offers creative arts therapists at all levels the chance to come together to learn, collaborate, and network

  • educators and students
  • arts professionals
  • mental health professionals
  • senior and hospice care workers
  • social service professionals

I’ll be presenting November 6th Via Zoom and live in atlantic city on November 14.

See the full schedule for details.


Upcoming Presentation! Tickets are on sale now.🎟

Saturday, August 28th, 9:00 – 12:00

via Zoom

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Art Therapy and the Museum Experience: Sharing Language, Hope and Healing. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Area Art Therapy Association.

In 2020, I was awarded the Ronald E. Hays Presenter’s Award to help fund this presentation to the American Art Therapy Association Conference in Kansas City. In fulfillment of this award, I will be presenting with my colleague Kathryn Snyder about our joint work with the Philadelphia Art Museum in support of creating and sustaining trauma-informed museum experiences. Please register to attend.

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New publication! Contribution to an edited text!

Chapter 1. Create, Destroy, Transform: A Brain-Based Directive for Trauma Treatment. Kristyn S. Stickley and Denise R. Wolf

BAAT – The British Association of Art Therapists international art therapy practice research conference proceedings book co-edited by Val Huet and Lynn Kapitan is now available. This text contains 39 chapters from International authors. Click here for an extract that contains my chapter!