Jen McHale, M.S., ATR-BC, LICDCIII

Jen is a board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed chemical dependency counselor (LICDC-III) who specializes in using creativity as an integral part of the therapeutic process. Jen believes that art therapy is a unique therapeutic approach to help individuals, couples, and families feeling overwhelmed or stuck. Jen believes imagery can be used to help clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their own personalities.

She received her Master of Science in Art Psychotherapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Miami University. Her experience as an art therapist spans over 20 years in both psychiatric and medical settings.

Jen believes anyone can participate in art therapy even if they feel they aren’t creative or artistic. She develops a therapeutic rapport that allows individuals a safe place to express themselves. Her experience includes treatment of mood disorders (specifically depression, anxiety), low self-esteem, body image impairment, behavioral problems, relationship issues, substance abuse/dependency, coping with a serious/chronic medical condition, and loss/grief issues. Art therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Art, either creating it or viewing other’s art, is used to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, and cope with stress. The mindfulness approach of the art process is encouraged to be utilized beyond the therapist/client relationship. Supplies are provided for each session.

Jen is a member of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) and Ohio Counseling Board (OCA). She has completed several research studies investigating the efficacy of art therapy with both children and adults, and has enjoyed teaching art therapy coursework at local universities. She stays current on relevant topics in mental health treatment through continuing education, and finds time to be creative herself.

Jen can be reached at (614) 245-5544 or at Jen@KovacsCounseling.com.