A Little FAQ

Artwork by Reign, 2017

Artwork by Reign, 2017


HOW DO WE USE ART THERAPY & Contemporary Art Therapy

While there are programs that focus purely on “art as therapy” and allow patients to freely express themselves through the medium, most art therapy programs are designed to, figuratively speaking, get in people’s heads. In addition to art itself, people in the field are trained in human development, psychological theories, counseling, and other related disciplines that assist them in assessing their patients and developing effective treatments for them.

While art therapy started in mental health institutions, the therapists can be found in a variety of settings including:

  • Medical and psychiatric hospitals and clinics
  • Outpatient treatment facilities
  • Schools including colleges and universities
  • Shelters
  • Correctional institutions
  • Nursing homes
  • Halfway houses
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Private practice

People in the field are just as likely to work as part of a team of professionals that includes physicians, nurses, rehabilitation counselors, social workers, and teachers as they are to work alone. Art therapy can be and is used in family counseling, bereavement counseling, treatment of behavioral disorders in children, treatment of mental and physical disabilities, drug and alcohol rehab, stress management programs, and many other areas where the healing capabilities of art can improve the patient’s condition.

How did you become aN ART THERAPIST & energy HEALER?

I came to study art therapy and healing very organically. I received a BFA from Ohio University with a major in Graphic Design and over the years I felt called to work as a healer and more directly with individuals. I received an Masters Degree from Naropa University, Transpersonal Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy. I began practicing Reiki as a way to deepen my practice. Since then I have earned all of my clinical hours, become a registered art therapist and will earn my Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Board Certified Art Therapist, (ATR-BC) this fall. In addition, to my licensure and education in 2015 I founded Violet Hive Art a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. I practice and host all studios and workshops at Violet HIve Art.

•  Art Therapy Credentials Board http://www.atcb.org/
•  PsycINFO® – Database dedicated to behavioral sciences literature


Are you looking for interns?

Twice a year (April & September) we take interns from Southwestern College and in Fall 2018 we will be accepting one Intern from Naropa. If you are based in Colorado or willing to relocate to Colorado and wish to intern please email a statement of intent about yourself, skill set and availability as well as your resume.


The two pioneers of art therapy in the United States were Margaret Naumburg and Edith Kramer. In the mid-forties, psychologist Margaret Naumburg began referring to her work as art therapy. Unlike Hill, Naumburg’s work was based on the idea of using art to release the unconscious by encouraging free association. The resulting artwork was considered symbolic speech that the therapist encouraged the patient to interpret and analyze.

Dr. Edith Kramer was an Austrian woman who studied art, painting, drawing, and sculpture in Vienna. After becoming a U.S. citizen in 1944, she founded the art therapy graduate program at New York University and served as the Adjunct Professor of the program from 1973 to 2005. During approximately the same time period, she was also the Assistant Professor of the art therapy graduate program at George Washington University in D.C.

By the middle of the 20th century, many hospitals and mental health facilities began including art therapy programs after observing how this form of therapy could promote emotional, developmental, and cognitive growth in children. The discipline continued to grow from there becoming an important tool for assessment, communication, and treatment of children and adults alike. 

•  Art Therapy Credentials Board http://www.atcb.org/
•  PsycINFO® – Database dedicated to behavioral sciences literature


Can we meet to talk about art therapy and how to get started in the field?

I would love to meet you but these days I don’t have enough time to meet up with everyone that reaches out in person. If you really want to meet me I suggest coming to Questioning, Future and Current Art Therapist Open Studio. You may also check out Violet Hive's list of resources. We offer the open art studio every 2nd Friday for free as well  as offering consulting one on one which is paid.


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Is it okay if I write you an email?

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