Anna L. Mills MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a board certified and licensed art therapist with a private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She believes “the creative process of art making naturally supports growth and healing. By reflecting upon the experience of creating, the profound personal transformation is possible”.
Anna is experienced in using art therapy in both clinical (hospitals) and non-clinical (private homes, community art studios) settings where she has used art to aid in relief from mental health issues including anxiety, depression, body image issues, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and trauma. She has specialized training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and incorporates Mindfulness into art interventions to support healing.
Art Therapy for:
Rate: $120 per session
Insurance accepted: None
Slide scale: Offered
Art Therapy is an expressive modality which according to the American Art Therapy Association “engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone” (wwarttherapy.org). It is used to “improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change” (arttherapy.org). Art techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, sculpture or digital media are employed to help people express emotions, explore inner conflicts, and affirm a sense of self.
Art Therapy is helpful to support the needs of people of all ages and abilities. The therapist provides art techniques to assist the client according to their needs and treatment goals. Insight can be gained through the creation process, and the final art image or product is also a source of valuable information. The artist’s picture “gives voice to experience, and empowers individual and societal transformation” (www.arttherapy.org).
Importantly, one does not need to be an artist or have any previous experience with art making to benefit from art therapy. One just needs to be open to using art for expression, which is supported in the therapeutic environment. Art Therapy benefits a variety of mental health issues and can be conducted in a group setting or individually. It is used in schools, hospitals, community centers, and mental health clinics. Research has shown that “art therapy is part of a spectrum of interventions designed to improve quality of life, decrease perceptions of illness, pain and disability, serve as a form of stress reduction, moderate mood, and maintain cognitive functioning. 2013 www.cathymalchiodi.com.