Mary Hemrick, MA, ATR, QMHP-C
I have always felt that my life’s purpose was to help others through creative means of expression. Within the past eight years, I have had the privilege of using art therapy and behavior therapy to help individuals of all ages express themselves in positive ways. I received my Master’s Degree in Art therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in International Studies at Flagler College and a Baccalaureate in Psychology. Since receiving my art therapy degree in 2013, I have worked in a variety of settings and positions within the field of mental health. My career in art therapy began in New York City and continued into Florida and Virginia. I also had the privilege of participating in an art therapy program in Costa Rica where we worked with children suffering from emotional disorders, trauma, and abuse. Over the past eight years, I have worked primarily with children and their families — both ‘in-home’ and in a school setting. I also have experience in foster care, serving nursing home populations, hospital patients, as well as in trauma settings and crisis situations as a first responder. Diagnoses and disorders within my experience have included an array of mental ailments, such as autism spectrum disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar I and II, identity disorders, Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, anxiety, addictions, and others. In addition to mental health experience, I have extensive experience within behavior therapy and creating treatment plans for those who need to manage negative behaviors in school and at home.
In 2017, I received my Art Therapy Registration, which included 1500 hours of post-graduate direct client contact and 100 of supervision under an LCSW and ATR-BC, LPC. Additionally, I received my certification as a Qualified Mental Health Professional-Child in 2018. My goal as a mental health clinician is to work with the specific needs of each client. I believe in utilizing creative expression within my practice as a way to promote emotional regulation and build positive coping skills.
Art skills are not needed for art therapy.