Deann Acton LMFT ATR-BC
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BFA in Studio Art: '91 University of Texas at Austin
MA MFT-Art Therapy: '98 Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont CA
Austin Therapist trained in DBT
Life is full of challenges. Some challenges we are able to find ways to cope with. We adapt and move through these challenges having grown in the process. But other challenges are much more difficult. Often times, these challenges occur when life does not meet our expectations. Death, divorce, family problems, financial problems, issues with our health, are just a few examples of how life can throw us off course. It is normal for anyone to feel a vast array of emotions such as sadness, anxiety, fear, anger, and begin to harbor feelings of self doubt. I feel these are the times when therapy can be the most helpful. Together, we can clarify goals, work through issues from the past that are impacting the present, and learn positive ways to cope when problems arise.
I have twenty years experience working with children, teens, families, and adults in a variety of settings, including schools, residential treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, and hospitals. I use art, play, sand tray, and talk therapy to help people find different ways to look at their challenges and find creative solutions.
For the past decade, I have focused much of my work on gifted children, teens and adults, who often times possess both an emotional and intellectual intensity that can make life overwhelming. You can find out more information about my interest in gifted populations at my website devoted to gifted populations.
Aside from my therapeutic work, I have also been an educator in two university Masters Level Counseling Programs, Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California and Dominican University in San Rafael, California. I am a published author, having written for the American Art Therapy Association’s Journal and published a chapter in the book, “Art, Angst, and Trauma: Right Brain Interventions with Developmental Issues.” In 2017, I became president elect of the South Texas Art Therapy Association. She will be the acting president in 2018.
In 2015, I was interviewed by Melita Cantu for #Censored2Celebrated.