Teresa is the owner and director of Art It Out. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), and Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS). She received her Undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Georgia and her Master's in Counseling & Art Therapy from the University of Louisville. Teresa has worked in a number of therapeutic settings such as: hospitals, schools, Beyond Words Center for Social Skills, The Bridge Family Center (a residential treatment center for adolescents), Kate's Club (a free support group for grieving children), and Hatch's House of Hope (a free support group for children with a past cancer diagnosis in Chattanooga, TN). Teresa is active in the Georgia Art Therapy Association and has recently served as President. Teresa started Art It Out in 2009 in hopes of providing a center where children, teens and adults could combine creativity with improving social and emotional well-being. Teresa truly believes in making art for self-expression, as a way to communicate intense or negative feelings, and to use as a tangible reminder of coping skills. She combines making art with psychotherapy to help children, teens and adults increase self-esteem, develop anger management strategies, reduce anxiety, deal with major life transitions, work through grief and loss, and enhance communication skills. Teresa specializes in working with clients who have low self-esteem, anxiety, difficulty adjusting to parental divorce, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Developmental Disorders, or an acute or chronic medical illness. Teresa also sees clients who do not have a diagnosis but would benefit from gaining coping skills for dealing with life's stressors.

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