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Jacquelin Ballinger, Art Therapist & Resident in Counseling

Hi! I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and my Master of Science degree in Art Therapy and Counseling at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  I  have post-graduation experience working with various disabilities and disorders as an art therapy intern. This experience included working with children, adolescents, and adults. I believe in the innate ability of each person to grow and make positive life changes in the context of a warm, genuine, empathic relationship with a therapist. 

So what exactly is art therapy? Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that improves the lives of individuals, groups, and families. This occurs within a psychotherapeutic relationship through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience. Art therapy utilizes integrative methods to engages the mind, body, and spirit. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative means of expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. I will provides a creative space in which clients can use different art materials and processes to work through personal challenges and improve overall well-being. While art therapy is facilitated by an art therapist, clients are encouraged to make the experience their own. We will work together to create the most meaningful experience for those involved. 

In my spare time I enjoy art making, yoga, good books, and long walks on the beach with my dog Summer. I have always had a passion for helping animals. I have been involved in both wildlife and domestic animal rescue efforts my entire life. I receive great joy from rescuing and taming feral cats that most would see as untamable and helping them find their forever homes.