Hi, My name is Amy Bogdon, and I am a licensed art therapist and professional counselor who has been in practice for over 20 years. I have been working at Red Bird Mental Health Services since 2018, and have recently started to practice at RBMH full time. I attended Marywood University for Graduate school. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Art Therapy.
As a therapist, my philosophy is to meet the client where they are at and to encourage growth. I work with their existing strengths and supports. I believe that true recovery and progress can occur with unconditional positive regard within the therapeutic relationship, and also through active participation by the client in therapy. As a therapist, I believe that you can assess progress by noticing positive aspects, growth by the client, increased self-esteem, and confidence regarding their ability to manage their emotions. I believe that there shouldn’t be a stigma surrounding mental health and that it should be held to the same level of acceptance as other medical concerns.
Art therapy is a little different than traditional talk therapy. An art therapy session includes a check-in with a review of feelings and progress toward treatment goals. An art therapy directive is presented. A directive is a creative expression related to the treatment goal. Time is given for the directive’s completion, and ample time is allowed at the end of the session for processing and discussion of the artwork. I especially enjoy working with children, and I feel that they naturally express themselves through art and play.
A Personal Overview
I have many different hobbies that I enjoy. They include running, painting, and jewelry making. I practice self-care by exercising, spending time with my family and friends, and creating art. Currently, I am learning Trauma Focused CBT, and am excited about adding this to my practice.