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Information Session: MA in Art Therapy

Meet the Students

Christina Hagemeier Christina Hagemeier
Art Therapy Student, Class of 2018

My name is Christina Hagemeier and I just finished my degree in August of 2018. I am originally from the Midwest (Oklahoma and Kansas) and had hardly heard of art therapy before I started researching it in college. My dream is to one day go back to the Midwest and help other art therapist expand this great field and make it available to all clients.

I have had so many eye-opening experiences, but the three things that stand out for me are my two internships and the opportunity to study abroad in India in the summer of 2017. Being in India was unlike anything I had every experienced. It forced me to look at and consider perspectives I had never been exposed to. It widened my idea of how art therapy can be used and what it means to be a collaborator with your client and the population which whom you are working. Throughout the trip my biases, perceptions, ideas, and feelings were constantly challenged. It inspired personal, introspective growth that will continue into my career. My two internships could not have been more different; working in an in-patient psychiatric unit and an elementary school showed me the depth that art therapy has to offer. In each of these settings I was forced to work outside of my comfort zone. I had to take what I was learning in class and apply it in real and new ways to meet the needs of my clients. Working with work-renowned faculty step me up for success in both of these settings. I am grateful to have a staff of professor who are always available to answer questions and concerns. It made me feel supported; I had a whole family behind me.

I am grateful for the faculty and the opportunities provided to me by this program. They not only challenged professional growth, but also personal growth. You cannot serve your clients if you do not first know yourself. This program has made me a more aware and empathetic person as a whole and has help shaped me into a competent and confident therapist.

I am looking forward to continuing my career as a therapist in the Fairfax County public schools and maintaining a great relationship with the school and program that I love.