Deanna Miesch, BFA, MAAT, LPC-S, ATR-BC
BFA in Studio Art: ’91 University of Texas at Austin
MAAT- Master of Arts in Art Therapy: ‘96 School of the
Art Institute of Chicago
With 22 years of experience in Art Therapy, I offer sustainable tools to clients that are useful long after therapy has ended. My approach is eclectic and relational, meeting people where they are and helping develop a path to where they want to go. Learn how to use art making as a guide and witness the changes you desire. If you are seeking a new approach, Art therapy may be your answer. Are you ready? Change your world and the world changes with you!
Using art as a means to facilitate change is an empowering experience. Art can help people to make conscious choices by recognizing, understanding and feeling emotions. Feelings are the best guides we have, so learning how to deal with them opens up paths and doorways. It is exciting to be present with people as they experience the ability to observe a problem, define it, feel it and finally, transform it.
I am excited to begin integrating a cutting edge method of body based trauma treatment, the Comprehensive Resource Model, developed by Lisa Schwartz, M.Ed. (CRM Basic Training, 2016). The method utilizes multi-modal resourcing, allowing clients to release and transform attachment rifts which can occur at any age, and are the basis of trauma, simultaneously providing stabilization, trauma processing, and integration while feeling grounded, centered, and safe.
Art Therapy is transformative on its own, but many of my clients take that transformation to the next level when combined with CRM, EMDR and/or EFT. Art can act as a diving board in these approaches, but it is a grounding rod as well. Learning to talk about art, learning to notice , learning to pay attention to the cues one's body and mind give through emotions and physical sensations--all of these are ways in which the brain begins integrate experiences, rather than be stuck in experiences. Clearing out the old cobwebs of negative experience helps people to feel free.
I am a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor, in private practice. Art making is an important part of my life; I am a professional artist, exhibiting locally, statewide, in Chicago, IL, and starting in 2016, in Rome, Italy. My artwork has been reviewed in local, regional, national, and international publications. Each year, I participate in the East Austin Studio Tour (www.eastaustinstudiotour.com) in November, and host workshops and special events throughout the year.
In June of 2003 I founded Art Therapy Austin, my private practice in East Austin. In the fall of 2011, I created a permanent home for Art Therapy Austin in the East End IBIZ district, a beautiful 1000 sf studio. Art Therapy Austin's aim is to provide balance for the creative body, mind, and soul of Austin and beyond.
Call for an appointment today: 512-699-4811 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual Art Therapy and Psychotherapy for children, teens, and adults.
CEU's & Workshops:
I offer a variety of workshops & trainings throughout the year. If a past or current workshop interests you and you have 5-8 people that would like to join you, I am happy to plan a special workshop for you and your group. Here are some upcoming workshops:
Art Therapy 101
I also offer Supervision for LPC-I's, individual or group supervision if there are enough interested participants.
Areas of Specialization:
Trauma, Teens, Women’s Issues
Also: Anxiety, Divorce, Dual Diagnosis (Substance Abuse and Mood Disorders), Life Changes, Mood Disorders, and Relationship Issues, Post-Partum
Comprehensive Resource Model Basic Training with Lisa Schwartz, M.Ed.
EMDR Basic Trained (Level I & Level II)
Theories of Focus:
Relational Model, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Buddhist Philosophy, Yogic Teachings.
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If you are a new client, please follow this link to the paperwork for your first session.