Wings To Fly Art Therapy Studio is located in beautiful Hunsaker Canyon
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About Dr. Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC
Erin Partridge is an artist and board-certified, registered art therapist living on a ranch in the Bay Area. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings. Erin received a BFA, studying fine art, psychology and women’s studies in at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She went onto obtain a MA in art therapy from New York University in 2008; her thesis work was about her work with a young child with Mobius syndrome and tactile defensiveness. She completed her PhD in art therapy at Notre Dame de Namur in 2016. Her dissertation work investigated the communication experiences in the elder care setting through art-based and participatory inquiry.
Erin has been working with older adults since 2010. She creates space for elders to explore creativity through individual and group art therapy. Erin also utilizes art therapy to support elder care providers by using art therapy in training contexts with staff and professional contacts. In addition to work in elder care communities, Erin has used art as a means to stimulate dialogue about aging; Redefining Age: A Square Foot Art Project was an intergenerational art show exhibited in San Francisco, Nashville, and Washington D.C.
Erin’s teaching and lecturing experience includes guest lectures in art and counseling programs, mentoring graduate students through their thesis work, workshop facilitation at several national conferences, supervising art externs from California College of the Arts through the Center for Art and Public Life, and interviews with media about art therapy and with elders. In 2013, Erin was a keynote speaker at the American Art Therapy Association’s annual conference.
As an artist, Erin works in what she describes as “heavy-mixed media” using a wide range of materials to create texture, depth, and metaphoric content. She has been keeping art journals since 1998; she is interested in the book as an art form and in art therapy practice. Erin has exhibited her artwork nationwide, has been published in several mixed-media publications and has an ongoing interest in collaborative art projects.