Pre-Licensed Mental Health Associate
Deanna’s experience includes providing individual and group therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. This has included work with individuals facing terminal illness, cognitive decline, and medical traumas. Prior to her art therapy training, Deanna worked as a Special Education teacher and continues to have a special interest in supporting members of the autism community.
education & credentials
MA (Candidate) Art Therapy
George Washington University, 2023
Masters in Education, Special Education
George Mason University, 2019
Art Therapy Internship/Practicum Training
INOVA Life With Cancer
Goodwin House – Senior Living
how i can help you
My approach to art therapy heavily emphasizes a person-centered approach, with influences from existential, narrative, and Gestalt therapies. This means that above all, I believe client empowerment and meaning-making play crucial roles in the therapeutic process and help support long-term growth. From the first meeting onward, developing a relationship with you based on mutual respect and trust is high on my priority list.
I believe fostering an environment of equality is critical in helping you feel safe and supported in the therapeutic space. Though each individual will have different needs, I focus on self-expression, storytelling, and embracing your authentic self. My goal is to create a welcoming environment to explore and process the more complicated aspects of your life.
While therapy is a serious matter, I believe that incorporating a bit of humor can give us a fresh perspective on complicated situations, especially when working with children and adolescents. Art-making creates a wide range of opportunities and metaphors to reflect experiences, thoughts and feelings, and I look forward to examining them together. Regardless of your art-making preferences, it is my privilege to support you throughout all aspects of your therapeutic process.