Our lives are multi-dimensional and often complicated. Art therapy is a judgement-free, process driven experience.
In my work with clients, my theoretical lens aligns with a postmodernist approach, drawing from intersectionality, social constructivism, feminism, queer theory and antiracism. I believe human beings will always be growing and the therapeutic relationship relies on empathy, language, storytelling and art. Sometimes this may mean there are multiple truths and realities to explore, understand and witness. Many masters level programs have relied on models of therapy that were developed to primarily serve white, cisgender, heterosexual, monogamous, upper/middle class, clinicians and clients. I also believe in the importance of acknowledging, questioning, and creatively dismantling historical systemic power structures that have been in place and have unfairly disadvantaged individuals.
We all experience transitions in life and many social locations (some seen and unseen). My goal in the work I do is to support individuals honoring their creative process, personal strengths, and intersections while providing tangible opportunities for healing and growth in any facet of life.
My work may implement the Creative Mindfulness Technique (CMT) as seen in the Creative Mindfulness Techniques for Clinical Trauma Work and the companion workbook Healing from Clinical Trauma Using Creative Mindfulness Techniques (Costello & Short).
Practice Specialty: gender, LGBTQIA+, relationships, parenting, grief/loss, anxiety.
Sessions currently only available via Telehealth due to COVID-19.
Art therapy workshops and groups are also currently available online (details on website).
Age Specialties: 8 to adult
Session Format: Individual and group therapy
Years In Practice: Since 1999
Office Hours: Day, evening and weekend
Fee: Sliding scale based on household income
Accepted Insurance Plan(s): N/A
LCAT - Licensed Certified Art Therapist
LCAT #ART-C-10205598, Oregon
MA in Art Therapy, Marylhurst University 1999
BA Double Major in English & Art, Alma College 1990
ATR-BC, Registered Board Certified Art Therapist
Registered Art Therapist since 2001
Board Certified since 2009 (Art Therapy Credentials Board)
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)
Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts
Supervision: Yes (individual and group)
NW Art Therapy
Beth Ann Short
MA, LCAT, ATR-BC