Deborah moved to Santa Fe in 2002 in order to be part of Southwestern College. She moved here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she had worked in a wide variety of settings as an art therapist, and had also taught in Mount Mary University’s undergrad and graduate art therapy programs.
Her love of art therapy and her belief in it has fueled her passion for teaching and supervising art therapy students. She has written two books, Little Windows Into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists, and Exploring and Developing the Use of Art-Based Genograms in Family of Origin Therapy. (If you would like to order Deb’s books here is a link ).
The exploration of what beliefs, ways of looking at emotions and relationships, and trauma, is passed intergenerationally, continues to be an important area of professional interest for her.
Her other current area of deep interest is working to broaden the diversity of art therapy students, art therapists, and clients of art therapy. She believes that the field of art therapy can only be strengthened by inclusivity and diversity, and that these voices will change how we think about art therapy. Deborah welcomes new ways of being an art therapist as shared by people of a multitude of races, cultures, faiths, gender identities, sexual identities, ages and differently-abled. She can’t wait to see how the beautiful field of art therapy evolves nationally and globally.
She continues to enjoy giving presentations on art therapy internationally and has grown through her experiences with people in Northern Ireland, Greece, England, Portugal, Italy and Scotland.
She currently serves on the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board, and the Board of Directors for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, First Judicial District.
Deborah believes that all humans can only benefit from exploring and using their creativity.