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Martina E. Efodzi, M.Div., MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, LCPC, LPC is a Board-Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC. The two-time Howard University graduate and George Washington University alumna is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church currently serving in an appointment beyond the local church as a full-time psychotherapist in private practice. In her private practice, Aya Healing Arts, LLC, she offers individual counseling and art therapy services for adults of all ages and abilities. For more than a decade, prior to that, she served at a community-based health center where she specialized in providing culturally sensitive care to marginalized groups, specifically those living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to her agency and private practice work, she has facilitated a countless number of expressive arts workshops for individuals of all ages and abilities with a variety of schools, government agencies, community organizations, universities and churches along the East Coast.
As an artist-therapist, maintaining a strong artist identity is essential to the work she does. Her last exhibition, “Honoring the Past, Educating the Present and Inspiring the Future” was featured at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Black History Month Art Show in 2017. Additionally, her essay entitled, “Art Therapist? Yes. Minister? That, Too! Ethical Issues That Arise When One Has Dual Roles,” was published in the 2019 art therapy textbook, Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy: 50 Clinicians From 20 Countries Share Their Stories. Martina is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry in Soul Care from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Counseling and Art Therapy Process
Cultural Diversity and Making Space for the Sacred in Clinical Settings