Becoming a Psychotherapist & Art Therapist:
Carla Black’s Quest for a Satisfying Career

Ever since I can remember, I have had two main interests in life, psychology and art. I would find myself reading the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in my spare time. And whenever I could, I took art, as well as psychology courses.

In my quest for a satisfying career, I took a multitude of courses and workshops in the healing professions. I studied various cultures, and the context and treatment of mental health in these cultures.

I learned about art therapy and I volunteered doing healing art workshops for women in a domestic violence shelter. These women often left home with only the clothes on their backs. Just making a pair of earrings, or an art piece, would bring a smile to their otherwise sad countenances.

What Are the Benefits of Working With a Psychotherapist
Who is Also an Art Therapist?

I also became a certified hypnotherapist, but didn’t feel like I had enough tools with which to work. When I found out about the extraordinary benefits of art therapy, becoming an Art Therapist/ Psychotherapist was a no-brainer. While it is not necessary for my clients to use the art therapy techniques, I enjoy being able to offer different options to help my clients handle their issues, whether I use standard psychotherapy methods, hypnotherapy or art therapy.

It is incredibly gratifying to see a client make the connections regarding their current behavior and their learned behavior from their childhood. It isn’t until they recognize their patterns, that they can change them. And for some people, art therapy can be a surprisingly powerful way to make those connections. This is one of the tools that not many therapists can offer, and I am pleased to be able to give you, my clients, the option.

Integrating Art Therapy and the Healing Powers of Gratitude…

Even though I look at a client’s past, it is by no means the only therapeutic approach that I use. As an art therapist, I have learned that Art can integrate many ideas. I work with clients’ strengths, and focus on positive, rather than highlighting negative behaviors.

In addition, I like to place the focus on clients manifesting what they want in their lives, as opposed to what they don’t have. Whether or not I use the techniques I learned as an art therapist, I am a very strong proponent of the use of gratitude and its healing power in therapy.

I know this, because it has turned my life around.