Anna L. Mills, ATR-BC, LCPAT, LPAT, ATCS

Art Therapist, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing

Education 

•  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Bachelor Degree Fine Art 1995

•  Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM Master Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling 2012.

 

Credentials

 

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist Maryland (LCPAT)

  •  Licensed Professional Art Therapist Delaware (LPAT)

  • Art Therapy Clinical Supervisor (ATCS)

  • Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)

 

Internship and Practicum

  • Sheppard Pratt Hospital Trauma Disorders Unit, Psychiatric Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • The Rita Project, Group Art Therapy Program for Suicide Survivors, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Tierra Nueva Counseling Center of Southwestern College, Community Mental Health Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 Membership

  • American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

  • Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA)

  • Maryland Art Therapy Association (MATA)

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Services Provided

  • Art Psychotherapy 

  • Counseling Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) 

Expertise

  •  Anxiety

  •  Depression

  •  Life transitions

  •  Relationships

  •  Self-esteem

  • Coping skills to improve well- being and quality of life

  • Stress reduction guided practices

Populations

  • Adolescents age 13-17

  • Young Adults 18-25

  • Adults 25+

  • Older Adults 65+  

 

Bio

Anna L. Mills MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, LPAT, ATCS holds a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling; she is a board-certified art therapist and is a licensed therapist in Maryland and Delaware. She is a Board approved Clinical Supervisor for Graduate Art Therapists. 

 

Anna previously worked as an expressive art therapist in two major psychiatric hospitals: Sheppard Pratt Hospital’s trauma disorders unit and Center for Eating Disorders and Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine’s behavioral health program. Anna facilitated the art therapy program at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, a community center run by Catholic Charities in Baltimore City, where she also provided on-site supervision for graduate art therapy students from Notre-Dame of Maryland Art Therapy program in 2019. She facilitated the first virtual art therapy group for Johns Hopkins’ Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2020. Anna also provided consultation to support the continued study of the efficacy of art therapy for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Anna provides therapy at Ingleside at Kings Row Memory Care in Rockville, MD for residents with dementia in the Memory Care facility. She started private practice in 2016 and has been in private practice with WBMA since January 2020. 

As a therapist, Anna’s extensive experience and therapeutic style create a safe and supportive environment for her clients to feel seen and heard. She uses a person-centered approach and a compassionate presence, with empathic and attuned listening skills to support client’s goals and healing. Anna uses an eclectic and specialized combination of expressive art therapy and talk therapy, which enables the client to recognize experiences causing distress and to identify the possibilities for resolution. She weaves clinically effective techniques into the therapy, including CBT, DBT, ACT, MBSR, along with psychoeducation to allow understanding and learning. This allows the client to deepen insight into the therapeutic experience, supporting positive change. Anna is also an EMDR trained therapist (Level 1) and continues with EMDR advanced training ( Level 2).  

Anna applies up to date, evidence based, and informed approaches for the adolescents and adults with whom she works. Therapy with Anna is affirming, strengths based and culturally sensitive. Anna offers collaboration with each client’s support community, including those like school counselors and teachers, as appropriate.  

 

Anna is an animal lover and current cat mom to an adopted Calico (who likes to make appearances on camera occasionally!). She spends her free time on home DIY projects, gardening and crafts.  

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