Why I Became an Art Therapist
By: Amy Maricle
Happy Creative Arts Therapies Week!
This week I have the pleasure of being interviewed by Janet McLeod, MA, AT, AThR Clinical (Hons) an art therapist and artist in Auckland, NZ.
I first learned about Janet and her wonderful work last year when I participated in the Art Therapy + Happiness Project last year and got to enjoy being part of an interactive community of people using the arts for personal and professional healing.
Janet’s wonderful blog, Positive Art Therapy, focuses on the intersections between positive psychology, art therapy, and mindfulness. Janet has been doing a series of interviews with art therapists throughout the world to help highlight the work we do.
She has interviewed many amazing therapists, including Cathy Malchiodi, Hannah Klaus Hunter, Gioia Chilton, and others, so I feel very honored to be included other blog.
Janet gave me the opportunity talk about what drove me to be an art therapist, and how a secondary trauma experience helped make me create the creative self-care approach that I teach clients and art therapists alike. I talk too about the way I weave other approaches into my expressive therapy work.