Meg Abbott is originally from the Athens area. After graduating from UGA in 2012 and spending a year interning at the UGA Wesley Foundation, she relocated to Philadelphia, PA to pursue a Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling at Drexel University.
During her two years in Philadelphia, Meg worked with various populations, including children who have experienced foster care and trauma, families experiencing homelessness, geriatric populations, and women in mental health and substance abuse treatment. For her masters thesis, Meg implemented a community arts engagement project with children experiencing homelessness at the Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence. And before leaving the Philadelphia area, Meg had the unique opportunity to work at Camp Pegasus, a social skills camp for children diagnosed with autism, PDD, ADHD, and other learning difficulties. After graduating with her Masters in 2015, Meg relocated to Knoxville, TN to work with women in mental heath and substance abuse residential treatment.
Meg moved back to Athens in the summer of 2016 and is very excited to be back in her hometown and serving her community! While in Athens, Meg will continue to work toward her Licensed Professional Counselor licensure and will receive her ATR (Art Therapist- Registered) in early 2017 and sit for her ATR- Board Certification shortly after.
Meg would like all prospective clients to know that you do not have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy! Art therapy is less about artistic skill and the product made during a session, and more about the process of learning and expressing one’s self in order to work towards specific needs and treatment goals. Through art therapy, Meg has helped clients with issues such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, behavioral issues, autism, psychosis, self-esteem, and substance abuse. Meg can provide support for these issues in individual and group art therapy, as well as in traditional psychotherapy counseling.
Passionate about empowering children, adolescents, and adults to express themselves and heal through their own creative process, Meg incorporates several modalities when practicing art therapy and counseling, including CBT, DBT, narrative, mindfulness, and client-centered approaches. She is compassionate, patient, easy-going and nonjudgmental and believes that the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative process in which the therapist and client work together to bring about positive change and wellness. Meg seeks to help every client identify and use their own unique strengths to experience empowerment and create meaning in their lives.
Meg is passionate about community, social justice, and art. In her spare time, she likes to make art, cook healthy recipes, watch comedies, and spend quality time with loved ones and friends.