Fairfax Office Providers
ANGELICA BIGSBY, M.A., RESIDENT IN COUNSELING, ATR-PROVISIONAL (FAIRFAX AND WARRENTON LOCATIONS, INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING)
More often than not, life experiences, changes, and trauma can occur without rhyme or reason, making it difficult to understand these events much less talk about them. Art Therapy provides clients with a unique therapeutic experience that can challenge one's preconception of treatment. According to the American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative processes, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. To learn more, go to https://arttherapy.org/about/. Prior artistic experience and training is not necessary to participate in the Art Therapy session.
As a member of the American Art Therapy Association, specializing in trauma-focused, person-centered, multicultural, positive psychology, and mindfulness practices, I strive to assess all my clients to reach their full potential while also focusing on their strengths. I have worked with a variety of clients as young as five years old struggling with depression, self-esteem, bullying, impulsivity, and anger concerns. Utilizing Art Therapy with my clients has given their pain tangibility and led them to become active participants in the therapy process. My dedication to providing client-centered care has given me the advantage to connect with clients, thus, allowing me to establish lasting rapport to jump-start the journey to self-discovery and resilience for the client.
Art has been my passion for over two decades. It challenges me to learn new Art techniques. This passion for Art manifested when I graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies (Art Education) and a double minor in Counseling and Psychology. I earned my Master of Arts from The George Washington University in Art Therapy. As a Texas transplant, I have fallen in love with Virginia, especially the fall and winter months. My hobbies include caring for my succulents (plants) and traveling. Currently, I am on a journey to become a fully licensed counselor (LPC) with the state of Virginia under the supervision of Mary Ellen Ruff, MA. LPC, ATR-BC, and Natalia La Maestra Lueck, MA. LPC.