Vancouver WA & Portland OR
Our mission is to provide integrative, creative care from a prism of honor, reverence, and optimism.
Jocelyn Fitzgerald, LMFT, ATR-BC
I feel passionate about inviting others to engage in a more authentic, awakened, connected and creative life. I work to create a warm, compassionate and understanding environment. I believe in a supportive and therapeutic approach which provides nurturing feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. My clinical experience is with both art and traditional talk therapy, helping individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety and/or self-harming behaviors.
As a young child I loved the creative process and found peace in my artistic adventures. My love for art continued throughout high school and I knew that in college I wanted to study art more deeply. At the University of Santa Barbara in California I studied art studio. During my college years, I began to teach painting to men on the autistic spectrum; it was during this time that I began to understand the psychological benefits that art had on my students. Shortly after this experience, I obtained dual counseling degrees from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont California: A Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters in Art Therapy graduating with honors. I am a nationally recognized board certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a clinical member of the American Association of Family and Marriage Therapy (AAMFT).
During the early part of my career I worked extensively with emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families in a day treatment center in Northern California. It was during this time that I was able to see what affects trauma had on individuals, both physically and emotionally, and how it often manifested in self-injurious behaviors. While working in this day treatment center, I developed unique approaches to working with teens who were self harming by using art to create a new, more constructive narrative around their trauma.
While living in Indiana, I worked with adolescents in both group therapy and individual therapy settings. The majority of my work focused on dealing with anxiety, depression and self-harming behaviors. We worked to find new coping skills by mixing together the creative powers of art, written words, and verbal discussion. During my time in the Midwest, I was also able to work with clients with Alzheimer’s and their respective caregivers. I focused a great deal of time on creating groups around compassion fatigue for caregivers, bringing attention and awareness to the mind-body connection. Additionally, I worked as an adjunct professor of Art Therapy at Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis. In this role, I also provided graduate-level supervision to art therapy students.
In my free time you’ll find me hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest with my family, friends and our adorable four-legged canine companion! I also love creating my own art and enjoy cooking new creations in the kitchen.
- Children through adults
- Adolescents with self harming behaviors
- Trauma and PTSD
- Family Conflict
- Compassion Fatigue with caregivers and mental health workers
- Anxiety & Depression
- LGBTQ Inclusive
- Crisis Intervention
- Relationship Issues
My Training & Approaches
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Suicide Ideation & Self- Mutilation
- Art Therapy and Traumatized Children
- Art Therapy with Adolescents
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)