1996 Grad, Susan Boyes
I now live and work in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I have a part-time position as an art therapist for traumatic brain injured adults in a rehabilitation center. I also have a thriving private practice, providing art therapy to TBI clients and others in their own homes, or in my office. I find this work to be richly rewarding. It seems that the years I spent getting to this place included a long history of working with people that had some kind of brain injury. Whether I worked in a psychiatric hospital, women’s prison, outreach for at-risk youth and families, special education program, community mental health center, or methadone maintenance center (yes, I have worked in all of these places!), most of the behaviors and challenges my clients faced point to brain injury. I recently began intensively researching the neurological impact of art making – having to do with neuroplasticity and actual recovery – and I find direct and hopeful correlations.
I have my ATR and Board Certification in art therapy. I remain active locally with art therapists and other healing professionals. I also write and I continue to make art.