Angela (Pitton) Abdo, MA, LPCC
Trained specially as an Art Therapist, I believe we can gain insight or process difficulties through images in a way words cannot always accurately express, and I offer an unique alternative to traditional talk therapy.
Together we will set goals, increase coping skills, and remove barriers to help move you forward in your life. No previous art experience necessary, only an openness to self-reflection and growth! My specialization is in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with emotional, behavioral and relationship issues, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, grief, loss, stress, abuse, trauma, self-harm and self-esteem issues. However, I see clients of all ages, who come from various cultural, sexual, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I earned my master’s degree from the Adler University in Art Therapy and Counseling, and am fully licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Minnesota.
My clinical experience includes:
- counseling at a center for children who have experienced sexual abuse
- providing in-home child and family therapy
- therapy at a long-term, intensive day treatment program with adolescents and their families
- outpatient private practice- art and talk therapy services
- providing individual, group and family therapy with all age groups
Art Therapy is a great way to investigate, process & shed light on issues that often times feel overwhelming. A person’s individual creativity can be a very powerful thing. I want to provide a safe space for you to express all of the things that are weighing on you.
Being drawn towards a strengths-based, person-centered approach, I believe that every person has worth, self-respect, the ability to self direct, and have a deep-rooted drive towards growth. It’s my job to support my clients and provide a safe space where they can feel seen, heard and validated, as their authentic self, and to see each client for their true potential. It is not my job to ‘fix’ anyone, but I do believe that we all need help from time to time. I believe in honoring the balance between the light and dark. Both have value & should be given equal space to be explored.
My specialization is in working with individuals that identify as any part of the disabled community, specifically those with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. I self-identify as queer, so it is important to me to support to the LGBTQ+ community as a mental health resource. I also specialize in supporting individuals of all ages, from all backgrounds, struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.
I earned my master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. I am working towards professional MN licensure & currently in supervision with Angela (Pitton) Abdo, MA, LPCC.
I am passionate about helping people utilize their strengths, develop coping skills more suitable to their needs and using the creation of art to aid my client’s in their healing. If you’re feeling ready to “show up”, physically and emotionally, have the urge to make a change but think you could use the support of a mental health cheerleader, I believe we would be well matched.