Tally Tripp

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Tally Tripp

School: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Department: Art Therapy Program


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Tally Tripp is a registered, board-certified Art Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Trauma Therapist who has been practicing Art Therapy for over 30 years, specializing in neurobiologically- based, experiential approaches for the treatment of trauma.

Tally brings her extensive clinical skills into the classroom, where she teaches the yearlong Trauma coursework and the Group Process class, and in her role as Director of the Art Therapy Clinic, where she oversees the student interns, case consultation, clinic research and provision of clinical services.

Tally is certified in advanced trauma therapies including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP). She has trained in Hypnosis, Group Therapy, and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Tally is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D) where she is a Board Member (Director) and the founder and Chair of the Special Interest Group on Creative Arts Therapies.

Tally brings her passion for trauma-informed art therapy to her cross-cultural work experiences. She has traveled extensively teaching and providing training and service in many parts of the world including Sub Saharan Africa, Croatia, and Ukraine. With the Global Alliance for Africa Therapeutic Arts Program, Tally has accompanied groups of students and professionals working with therapeutic artists in Kenya and Tanzania; with the Common Threads Project, Tally has co-facilitated trainings for professionals in the Democratic Republic of Congo integrating somatic approaches, art therapy and story cloth. And with students from the George Washington University Art Therapy Program, Tally has led study abroad service trips to South Africa and to France.

Tally presents widely on the topic of art therapy and trauma and has authored several articles and book chapters on this subject.



Tripp, T., Potash, J. S. & Brancheau, D. (2019). Safe Place collage protocol: Art making for managing traumatic stress. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Tripp, T. (2019). “Who’s really on first? Art therapy as collaborative treatment for trauma disorders”  In A. DiMaria (Ed.), Exploring Ethical Issues in Art Therapy: 50 Clinicians from 20 Countries Share Their Stories.  NY: Routledge Press.

Tripp, T. (in press). “Stillbirth: Mourning unspeakable loss with art therapy and EMDR,” Handbook of Art Therapy in Hospice and Bereavement Care, MJM Wood and R Jacobson (Eds). Routledge.

Tripp, T. (2017). A woman’s trauma group embodies responses to the U.S. election” Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy. Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists (53) 1, 2017.

Tripp, T. (2016). “A body-based art protocol for reprocessing trauma” In J. King (Ed.) (2016) Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives, New YorkRoutledge Press.

Gantt, L. & Tripp, T. (2016). “The Image Comes First: Treating Pre-Verbal Trauma With Art Therapy” In J. King (Ed.) Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives, Routledge Press.

Williams, K & Tripp, T. (2016). Group Art Therapy” In J.Rubin (2016) Approaches to Art Therapy: Theory and Technique. Routledge Press.

Tripp, T. (Sept. 2015). Huffington Post: “Art Therapy is more than Making Nice Pictures”   

Tripp, T. (April 30, 2014). “George Washington University Uses HD Streaming Video in Art Therapy Program” published on-line by Campus Technology.

Tripp, T. (Oct. 30, 2013). “Video Recordings Help Art Therapy Students Hone their Skills” published on- line by the Center for Digital Education. 

Tripp, T. (Nov. 26, 2013). “How George Washington University Uses Video Recording to Train Art Therapists” published on line by EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. 

Tripp, T. (2012). Book Foreword: Soh Ki Do: Seven Pathways of Transpersonal Creativity: Imagining Your Life by Sirrku Hiltunen. 

Tripp, T. (2007). “A short term therapy approach to processing trauma: Art therapy and bilateral stimulation” The American Journal of Art Therapy24 (4).

Tripp, T. (May, 2010). “Understanding Trauma and Dissociation” Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work Newsletter.

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


Classes Taught

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