Catherine M Harris, MA, ATR-BC
Art Therapy Services

Artwork by Catherine Harris

"Sometimes it is a little better to travel than to arrive." - Robert M. Pirsig

Catherine Harris, Art Therapist

About Catherine

Originally from Little Rock, AR, I earned a Bachelor's degree in History of Art from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, awarded in 2004. Before pursuing my graduate studies, I lived in London, England where I worked as an advocate for disabled citizens through the Disability Rights Commission. Both of these rewarding experiences led me to the field of Art Therapy and the eventual graduation from the Art Therapy Department of the George Washington University in 2007.

Art Therapy Work Experience


The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Master's in Art Therapy, Graduation: December, 2007
LPC Candidate, Additional Studies with the GW Counseling Department

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
Post Baccalaureate Studies, Summer & Fall, 2004

Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Bachelor of Arts, Art History, Graduation: May, 2004

University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Renaissance Studies, Lincoln College, Fall, 2002

Art Therapy Work Experience

Catherine M Harris Art Therapy Services, Memphis & Nashville TN, October, 2008-Present
Contract Art Therapist:

  • Developed art therapy programs with over twenty organizations throughout the greater Memphis and Nashville areas.
  • Specialize in work with older adults, from active and independent individuals to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other age-related dementias.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents, and families in the medical setting as well as women with developmental disabilities.
  • Experience facilitating groups within independent living communities, assisted living facilities, adult day care, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, medical housing, and art museums.

IONA Senior Services, Washington, DC, June, 2007-August, 2008
Art Therapy Coordinator/Volunteer Liaison:

  • Established IONA's first full-time art therapy program, Arts and Aging.
  • Provided group and individual art therapy sessions to participants attending IONA's Adult Day Health Center and Early Alzheimer's Clubs.
  • Organized tours for participants to local art museums.
  • Authored the grant proposal responsible for funding Arts and Aging.
  • Managed coordination of volunteer programming for IONA's Adult Day Health Center.

IONA Senior Services, Washington, DC, August, 2006-May, 2007
Art Therapy Intern:

  • Provided both group and individual art therapy sessions to clients attending the Adult Day Health Center, many of whom had mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Organized an art show featuring participant artwork and facilitated an exhibit opening for participants, staff, family, and friends.

Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources, Arlington, VA, June, 2006-August, 2006
Visual Arts Counselor:

  • Worked for Arlington's Performing Arts Camp and led groups of children ages 5 to 7 in creative arts projects.
  • Led aftercare groups in therapeutic art interventions.

Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, January, 2006-June, 2006
Art Therapy Intern:

  • Assisted the hospital's art therapy program, New Horizons, in providing individual and group art therapy sessions to patients admitted to the various medical units and child psychiatric unit.

Hospital for Sick Children, Washington, DC, January, 2006-May, 2006
Art Therapy Intern:

  • Established an art therapy program with two other interns in this facility dedicated to long-term pediatric care.


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Catherine M Harris, MA, ATR-BC
Art Therapy Services
Nashville, TN