Build a gratitude practice

Build a gratitude practice

Around Thanksgiving, I wrote an article for KSL.com about the power of gratitude. Sure, it’s easy to think about what you’re grateful for at that time of year, when all the world (or at least, all of North America) seems to be counting their blessings,...
5 things to look for in a therapist

5 things to look for in a therapist

So, you’ve been thinking about getting therapy Maybe you’ve been feeling down, or anxious, or overwhelmed with emotions you just aren’t sure how to deal with. Perhaps you and your family members are having the same arguments over and over. Maybe your clergy,...
Why I offer a free consultation

Why I offer a free consultation

I’m not supposed to offer a free consultation As with any profession, the business of therapy is dominated by loud voices — “experts” who are more than happy to tell new professionals what to do and how. One oft-repeated piece of conventional wisdom for...
Why I’m an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor

Why I’m an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor

Art therapy credentials Art therapy credentialing is a complex topic that could (and will — stay tuned!) span several blog posts. In short, after receiving your master’s degree in art therapy from an accredited program, you can call yourself an art therapist. After...
Art Therapy Isn’t Just for Kids

Art Therapy Isn’t Just for Kids

You know, for kids! When I started art therapy graduate school, I had no intention of ever treating children or teenagers. In fact, I would have probably said that I “refused” to consider providing art therapy to children. I even announced this to one of my professors...
Creative Change Agents

Creative Change Agents

What’s a change agent? For some reason, I have been thinking a lot about the term “change agent.” I must have heard it somewhere along the line, but it’s been rolling around my head for the past few weeks. Most often, this is a phrase used in the business world to...
A Decade of Art Therapy

A Decade of Art Therapy

Last month, while I was visiting Los Angeles for an art therapy symposium at my alma mater, I also attended a 10-year master’s reunion. Much to my surprise, it’s been that long since my fellow students and I graduated and officially became art therapists. These...
Art Therapy Research Symposium

Art Therapy Research Symposium

Having spent the first 9 years of my career in Los Angeles before moving to Salt Lake City means that I still have many personal and professional ties to Southern California. As an alumna of the Marital and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy Program at Loyola...
Art Therapy Presentation at U of U SSW

Art Therapy Presentation at U of U SSW

Malissa Morrell art therapy presentation University of Utah School of Social Work The only thing I get more excited about than doing art therapy is talking about art therapy. So, you can imagine how pleased I was to be invited to give a presentation about the power...
Art Therapy After Hours

Art Therapy After Hours

Months ago, I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on creativity and mental health at The Leonardo Museum here in Salt Lake City. The Leonardo is known for its innovative educational and community programming, and its mission to get patrons not only...
Trends in art therapist employment

Trends in art therapist employment

The other day, a graph caught my eye from SimplyHired.com — a website dedicated not only to listing jobs but also exploring employment trends. One of the things you can do with their data is search by keyword. For instance, here is the trending graph for the words...
How it feels to the client

How it feels to the client

Hi. It’s weird to actually say goodbye. I wanna thank you for helping me figure out my sh*t in the most beautiful way ever. I’ve hated and loved art therapy extremely much, but it’s crazy how many things I’ve learned. I really appreciate you being welcoming and kind...

Pediatric art and music therapy presentation

It was a great privilege today to make another presentation to the American Art Therapy Association‘s national conference with my long-time co-author, Einat Metzl. Einat had helped me with research design and statistical analysis as my team of expressive therapists...
Therapeutic stitching

Therapeutic stitching

With all of the many wonderful ways to express yourself visually, I am often drawn back to sewing and stitching. Maybe that sounds strange, and I don’t know of many art therapists who use sewing or stitching in their professional practice — though I do know a young...
Peer reviewer for Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

Peer reviewer for Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

I’m very pleased to have been selected as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy. Peer review is a process of self-regulation by professionals and academics in a specific field. In order to ensure that articles being published truly reflect the...

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