licensed and nationally board certified art therapist and mental health counselor, educator, and school guidance
counselor, I work with children and teens with a variety of presenting problems, including serious medical conditions, trauma,
grief and loss issues, and pervasive developmental disorders, including children with autism. I also specialize in working
with children of military families. As a mental health counselor I specialize in women's issues too.
Degrees: BA in English and Elementary Education (Barry University); MEd in Specific Learning Disabilities
(University of Missouri-Columbia) MAT in Art Therapy (Vermont College of Norwich University); PhD in Art Education and Art
Therapy (The Florida State University)
License/Certification: Board-certified art therapist
(ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board; Board-certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors
(NBCC); Licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT) in New Mexico; Licensed Mental Heath Counselor (LMHC) in Florida; Certified
Florida teacher in the areas of Art, Reading, Specific Learning Disabilities, Guidance, and Elementary Education.
: Before opening my private practice, Children’s Corner: Art Therapy
for Children in 2003, I served as the director of the graduate art therapy program at Barry University for 3 years
and currently I serve as a faculty member of the distance-learning art therapy graduate program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
College in Terre Haute, Indiana. For 6 years I worked as a school art therapist in both the Broward and
Miami-Dade Public school systems. I have had significant involvement in the American Art Therapy Association
including being President, National Conference Chair, and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. I also served as President,
Conference Chair and Secretary of the Florida Art Therapy Association. I have and continue to make contributions
to the art education and art therapy literature.
Interests/Hobbies: I have
another professional life as an active member of The Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International, an honorary society of
key women educators. I have served the Society as my chapter president, on my state board and as state webmaster.
I have also served on regional and international committees for the Society. I traveled and spoke in Canada as part of the
organization's International Speaker's Fund. In addition to my passion for mixed-media and jewelry design I love to
make hand-made cards for all occasions.
Special Note from Peg: Art therapy is a profession that
is recognized around the world. In 2014 by invitiation, through a Fulbright Senior Grant and the University of Akureyri
in Iceland, I introduced art therapy to the students, faculty and administration in the School of Humanities &
Social Sciences on campus. It is hoped that one day the University of Akureyri will house the first graduate
art therapy program in Iceland. Art therapy is a treatment based on strengths and interests as well as concerns.
Conducted through art-making and verbal expressions, art is seen as a language and viewed as self-talk, bringing insight and
changes to beliefs and behaviors, while empowering the client beyond the treatment sessions.