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Expressive Therapies

In these programs, you can train to use art modalities in clinical, educational, and human service settings—using the power of creativity to positively transform individuals and communities.

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Encourage mental health through the creative process

In Lesley’s master’s-level Expressive Therapies programs, you’ll develop practical skills to empower others to be their best selves through the expressive arts. Enjoy opportunities for self-reflection, collaboration with expert faculty, and 1,150 hours of field experience.

Programs of study

  • Art Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Music Therapy

When you graduate, you qualify for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in Massachusetts, as well as the Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) credential through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. These certifications can open doors to jobs in several clinical settings, including psychiatric clinics, hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities.

“Lesley professors encouraged us to make art…as much as possible. I came from an undergraduate fine arts program, so I appreciated the opportunity to develop my personal art and bring that to the work…”

Adam Gasbarro ‘09, Clinical Supervisor, Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center, Natick, MA
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Learn from leaders

Professors, not graduate students, teach 100% of our classes. Among our faculty, 92% hold the highest degrees in their field of study.


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Study in the world capital of bold thinking and big ideas; the vibrant intellectual and cultural community of America’s biggest college town.

Individualized attention

Support breeds success

Our faculty put students first. When you come to Lesley, you’ll receive one-on-one support and mentorship from your professors throughout the program.

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