- Margaret M. McGuinness Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist, works with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, assisting with Sensory Regulation, Emotional Regulation, Communication disorders and improving Attentional deficits through sensory-based art activities.
- Experienced with children and adolescents with emotional impairments, poor social skills and disruptive behaviors due to trauma from abuse and neglect.
- Expertise with neurological disorders (stroke, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury) and provides therapeutic art therapy services improving mood and executive functioning.
- Margaret has been using the arts therapeutically for many years and completed her Art Therapy Master's degree at Wayne State in Detroit, MI. She has also studied extensively in related fields including disability, neuroscience, counselling, and creative movement. Margaret has an extensive background in multimodal arts therapy having worked with many diverse client populations, across many organisational settings, in private practice and in educational roles. Margaret’s academic and practical background includes disability work, counselling, clinical supervision, and a specialization in neurocognitive art therapy. Margaret is co-author of a chapter, “ Art Therapy, Creative Apperception, and Rehabilitation from Traumatic Brain Injury,” in C. Malchiodi's book, Art Therapy and Healthcare, Guilford Press, New York, NY (2012). She frequently presents at conferences and as a guest lecturer.
Art therapy is a multi- sensory process, especially effective for persons needing help with communication, social skills, trauma and loss, family dysfunctions, attachment issues, medical, physical and cognitive disabilities, grief, emotional and behavior problems and mental health issues. Together, we will use the process of art, to help focus your attention, learn to organize and plan more efficiently or perhaps to acknowledge your emotional state and practice self regulation skills, while allowing personal expression and attaining insight. No previous artistic experience is necessary.