I am an artist and a therapist. I use creativity, observation skills, and psychological theories to help you understand why you feel, think, and behave in certain ways. Your feelings are trying to say something to you---I'd be glad to partner with you and figure out what they mean. Many of us feel more empowered when we know more about ourselves. Self-awareness gives us more power to let go of unhelpful beliefs and welcome new ways of living. 

As an artist, I learn about myself the most through painting and other method of art making. And I find this to be true for others who come and see me. My style of art therapy brings out what thoughts affect you negatively and find ways to transform yourself. Through art making and talking, I will help you find ways to reduce self-criticism and bring more compassion to yourself and others. 

I am a strong believer of anti-racism and anti-ageism practice. This means I am committed to practicing therapy in ways that reduce discrimination and its impact in you, as well as in the larger society.  My clients and I often process how racism, ageism, and different cultures influence the lived experiences and beliefs. Exploration of racial/cultural identities is an important part of therapy for many clients. A lot of healing and hope can come from this type of exploration. 

I am a good match for you if: 

  • You like to learn new things

  • You are someone who learns better through hands-on activities/tasks

  • You tried talk therapy and did not feel it worked

  • You are looking for a new way to look at problems you have in your life

  • You have difficult time expressing your feelings with words

Types of people who come and see me:

  • Artists

  • Therapists

  • Older adults and retired individuals

  • Adults (18+)

  • People of Color/ individuals with minoritized ethnic backgrounds

  • People who grew up in different countries

  • Individuals with persistent illnesses

  • Individuals who identify as LGBTQ

Types of people whom I am unable to assist due to lack of training and knowledge:

  • Children (18 or younger)

  • Individuals with substance misuse

  • Couples

  • Those who are seeking family therapy

  • Individuals who seek help for domestic violence

Educational background and Licenses:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia

  • Board Certified Art therapist (ATR-BC)

  • B.A. in Art and Psychology, Wartburg College, Iowa in 2002

  • Master degree in Social Work, Marywood University, PA, in 2004

  • Advance Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy from Marywood University, PA

Past work experiences:

  • Older adults with mental illnesses

  • Individuals who receive dialysis

  • Individuals with terminal illnesses

  • Residents at nursing homes

  • Adults with serious mental illnesses

  • An adjunct faculty for the Department of Social Work at George Mason University

Memberships and affiliations:


  • Miki Goerdt (2021). Moments of connection in art therapy with my Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander clients, American Art therapy Association. https://arttherapy.org/blog-art-therapy-with-aanhpi-clients/ 

  • Miki Goerdt (2020). My perspective as a BIPOC art therapist. American Art Therapy Association. https://arttherapy.org/blog-my-perspectives-as-a-bipoc-art-therapist/

  • Miki Goerdt (2020). Intracultural Practice for Asian Art Therapists: "Are You one of Us, or Are You One of Them?" In Kitazawa, M. (Ed.), Asian Art Therapists: Navigating Art, Diversity, and Culture. Routledge.

  • Miki Nishida LGSW & Jane Strobino DSW (2005) Art Therapy with a Hemodialysis Patient: A Case Analysis, Art Therapy, 22:4, 221-226, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2005.10129517

Artworks by Miki

I started painting when I was 16 years old. My primary art medium is oil painting.  I also love printmaking and collage art. More information about my artworks can be found at www.mikigoerdt.com