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I am an artist and a clinician. Both require creativity, observant eyes, and intuition. I am fortunate to have these elements in myself. To me, it is important to understand myself----why I feel, think, and behave in certain ways. I feel more empowered when I am self-aware. 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 prevent you to be the true self. Concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy help me guide you to expand your insight about why you do what you do. 

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+)

  • Individuals who experienced recent losses

  • 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 Department of Social Work at George Mason University

Memberships and affiliations:

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