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Information Session: MA in Art Therapy

Tally Tripp

Tally Tripp

Art Therapy Clinic Director, Assistant Professor

Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LICSW, ATR-BC, received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University (1981) and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland (1986). For the past 25+ years, she has maintained an active private practice in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy in Washington DC and Alexandria VA. Tally specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and complex trauma disorders. Tally’s clinical expertise is apparent in her classroom where discussion of on- going therapy cases provides students with a unique window into understanding the practice of art therapy.

Tally is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SPI), and Intensive Trauma Therapy (ITT). Additionally, Tally has advanced training in Somatic Imagery, Group Psychotherapy, Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, and Clinical Hypnosis.  Her research interests include: interpersonal neurobiology, bilateral approaches to healing trauma, creativity and resource development, and mindfulness practice. Tally has been on the faculty of the Art Therapy department since 1982 as a supervisor, lecturer, Director of Graduate Studies and Clinic Director. Courses she has taught include: Psychopathology, Group Therapy, Survey of Art Therapy, Practicum, International Social and Cultural Diversity, and Art Psychotherapy and Trauma Theory I and Art Psychotherapy and Trauma Treatment II.

Tally has been an adjunct professor at VCU School of Social Work and has lectured at Gallaudet and George Mason Universities. She has presented at professional conferences both nationally and internationally on the neurobiology of trauma, attachment theory, collaborative approaches to treatment of dissociative identity disorder, bilateral art therapy, short term treatment, group therapy, and eating disorders. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the Potomac Art Therapy Association, the International Society of the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, The Washington School of Psychiatry, and the National Association of Social Workers.  Her article: "A Short Term Art Therapy Approach to Processing Trauma: Art Therapy and Bilateral Stimulation" appeared in the American Journal of Art Therapy.

Art Therapy Is More Than Just Making Nice Pictures, HuffPost Arts & Culture, September 2015

Classes Taught

Art Psychotherapy and Trauma Theory and Practice
Art Psychotherapy and Traumatic Grief, Loss and Resiliency
Group Art Psychotherapy
Trauma I
Clinical Case Consultation
International Social and Cultural Diversity and Art Therapy (France)
Psychopathology: Art and Diagnosis (past)