The Profession of Art Therapy
“Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.” ~ American Art Therapy Association
Who are Art Therapists?
“Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.” ~American Art Therapy Association
Under the Executive Direction of Blythe Mayfield, M.A., A.T.R. & In Partnership with Blue Finn Art Studio
Solomon Family Solutions is blessed to offer professional and affordable art therapy services by Blythe Mayfield, M.A., A.T.R. Blythe Mayfield is a Cleveland, Tennessee native and the granddaughter of the late Pearson B. Mayfield, Esq. She obtained a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 2015, she became professionally registered with the American Art Therapy Association (Art Therapy Credential Board) with over 3000 hours of supervised clinical work focusing in areas of mood and developmental disorders, learning disabilities, chemical dependency, eating disorders, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, and postpartum depression. Mayfield continues to provide individual and group therapy sessions in various settings to include: private and public schools, aged care facilities, community hospitals/behavioral care centers, indigenous and refugee care centers, juvenile justice centers and maternal and child healthcare service centers.
Since completing her supervised clinical hours she has focused predominately on mental and behavioral health issues stemming from divorce, child abuse, trauma, domestic violence, grief, co-parenting conflict, and parental alienation. In addition to her role as a co-founder and co-executive director of SFS, she has her own art therapy practice, Blue Finn where she serves individuals and couples that are dealing with issues outside the forensic setting. Mayfield is often invited to conduct group sessions for Bradley County Mental Health and Recovery Court and to present on the topic of art therapy at several local colleges to include Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Tennessee Wesleyan, and Southern University. She also regularly supervises undergraduate and graduate students for their practicum hours, consults with attorneys, other mental healthcare providers, and social workers, as well as testifies in court to ensure her clients’ needs are met and/or protected.
To schedule, please text our office at 423-790-3747 to request art therapy services.