Yeah- This is me. My interest in art therapy began during my studies in college. Although I had chosen a major in psychology and a minor in studio art there were no specific opportunities to study art therapy. I created an internship for myself through an independent study at a full security correctional facility . This experience was life changing for me. I learned so much about myself and the art process. I learned about trust and compassion. I learned about how healing the human connection is and how the power of art can be a bridge for that even in the dark confines of prison. I knew then that art therapy was my calling. I pursued my graduate work in art therapy and counseling at The Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I have been working as an art therapist for over twenty years. I continue to utilize art therapy in my work as a therapist.
As an artist, I live to express and create every chance that I have. Art has allowed me to start conversations with myself and with others without words. I rely on art as one way to soothe and nurture myself, to process and lift the heavy burdens of working with people struggling in their lives, to celebrate life and love, to inspire myself, to challenge myself, and to give to others.I created this website to share some of the art happenings in my life, in my work, and in my play. The last year of my life I have devoted to creative renewal and this has been an amazing experience for me. I find that it has me overflowing with ideas for how to expand what I share and deepen my work as an artist, art therapist, teacher, and a clinical supervisor.
Here is my current bio:
Gina M. Baird, LMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy from the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Registered and Board Certified art therapist as well as an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor. Throughout her career she has worked in unique and diverse settings that include homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, school-based services, youth and adult inpatient hospitalization units, and residential treatment centers, as well as running her own successful private practice. Gina has most recently specialized in working with women and children who have a history of trauma. She currently maintains a private practice and is adjunct faculty at St. Mary of the Woods Master of Art in Art Therapy program. Her art can be found on numerous book covers including Art therapy, Trauma, and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives by Juliet King (editor), An essay featuring paintings related to her clinical work is published in the book, Working with Images: The Art of Art Therapists by Bruce Moon (Editor). Her art is on the cover of Dream Manual for Therapists and Other Listeners, by author Galen Martini, LPC.She has been awarded numerous grants throughout her 20+ years as a therapist supporting her art and her clinical work. She has facilitated multiple grant funded projects, workshops, and presentations in her local and regional community.
For further information on art therapy: http://www.arttherapy.org
I provide supervision to therapists currently working toward LMHC licensure and/or art therapy credentials. Individual supervision available.