HI, I AM PAT

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I bring encouragement, compassion and hope to my work with you. I believe in a holistic approach to healing while using expressive art therapy and art making at the same time.

Pat Welch, MA, LMFT, ATR

HI, I AM PAT

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Pat Welch, MA, LAMFT, ATR-P

I bring encouragement, compassion and hope to my work with you. I believe in a holistic approach to healing while using expressive art therapy and art making at the same time.

More About Me

Background

I have a master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy at the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approved Adler Graduate School in Minnesota in 2018. After turning 50 years old, I decided to focus on expressive art therapy. I began my academic career in 2010 gaining my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and then went on to graduate school.   

I have worked with urban American Indian adolescents for the last 25 years. My work included utilizing theater as a gang intervention, creating a Native American Doula program for adolescents and adults, facilitating culturally focused parenting and adolescent groups, and therapeutic arts with individuals and groups. I continue to serve the Native American population in the Foston/McIntosh area of Minnesota.

I utilize expressive art therapies and talk therapies within an integrated approach to address issues such as trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe that art therapy is not about creating masterpieces. Art therapy is a tool to make the invisible, visible. One of my unique strengths is using movement while creating an expression of art, such as being outdoors while painting large pieces. I believe that this approach allows for progress to occur in a different way; one without words as well as moving while creating. To learn more about what an art therapy appointment might be like click here.

Specialties

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and families to enhance strengths, sense of self, and communication. Special areas of interest for me include working with the Native American population. I am trauma trained through an art therapy lens as well as a historical and intergenerational trauma lens. Working with children and their parents to help educate them about the various traumas is very important work for me.

 

  • Trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Art therapy
  • Expressive art therapy 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Gender and identity issues 
  • Family conflict and communication struggles 
  • Addictions
Personal Interests

When I am not at Invigorate, I enjoy being with my family and dogs, and out in nature; especially in Northern Minnesota. I have been an artist for over half of my life and create photographs and large scale sculptures.

Education, Trainings, and Affiliations
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota Board (License #4161)
  • Registered Art Therapist (ATR #19-477)
  • Completion of Therapy Residency: Adolescent Day Treatment Program; University of Minnesota Fairview Children’s Hospital
  • Historical and Intergenerational Trauma Trained
  • Member, American Art Therapy Association
  • Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in art therapy, Adler Graduate School, Minnetonka, MN
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

More About Me

Background

I have a master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy at the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approved Adler Graduate School in Minnesota in 2018. After turning 50 years old, I decided to focus on expressive art therapy. I began my academic career in 2010 gaining my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and then went on to graduate school.   

I have worked with urban American Indian adolescents for the last 25 years. My work included utilizing theater as a gang intervention, creating a Native American Doula program for adolescents and adults, facilitating culturally focused parenting and adolescent groups, and therapeutic arts with individuals and groups. I continue to serve the Native American population in the Foston/McIntosh area of Minnesota.

I utilize expressive art therapies and talk therapies within an integrated approach to address issues such as trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe that art therapy is not about creating masterpieces. Art therapy is a tool to make the invisible, visible. One of my unique strengths is using movement while creating an expression of art, such as being outdoors while painting large pieces. I believe that this approach allows for progress to occur in a different way; one without words as well as moving while creating. To learn more about what an art therapy appointment might be like click here.

Specialties

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and families to enhance strengths, sense of self, and communication. Special areas of interest for me include working with the Native American population. I am trauma trained through an art therapy lens as well as a historical and intergenerational trauma lens. Working with children and their parents to help educate them about the various traumas is very important work for me.

 

  • Trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Art therapy
  • Expressive art therapy 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Gender and identity issues 
  • Family conflict and communication struggles 
  • Addictions
Personal Interests

When I am not at Invigorate, I enjoy being with my family and dogs, and out in nature; especially in Northern Minnesota. I have been an artist for over half of my life and create photographs and large scale sculptures.

Education, Trainings, and Affiliations
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota Board (License #4161)
  • Registered Art Therapist (ATR #19-477)
  • Completion of Therapy Residency: Adolescent Day Treatment Program; University of Minnesota Fairview Children’s Hospital
  • Historical and Intergenerational Trauma Trained
  • Member, American Art Therapy Association
  • Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in art therapy, Adler Graduate School, Minnetonka, MN
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

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