Board Certified Art Therapist, Austin Art Therapy Collective
Deann Acton is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in both California and Texas and a board certified Art Therapist with over 21 years of experience in the field of mental health. She taught for over a decade at Notre Dame de Namur University in the Art Therapy Program and at Dominican University in the counseling psychology program. She has worked in hospitals, prisons, schools, domestic violence shelters, and drug rehabilitation centers. Deann is a published author, having written for the American Art Therapy Association’s Journal regarding Cultural Competency and published a chapter in the book, “Art, Angst, and Trauma: Right Brain Interventions with Developmental Issues.”
Deann is also a breast cancer survivor. Throughout treatment, Deann used art as a way to work through challenging emotions and stay focused on her goal of health. After a year of extensive treatment, she decided it was necessary to make some radical changes in her life. In 2014, she left the Bay Area to return to Texas to make art a more central theme in her life and work. She is a founding clinician at Austin Art Therapy Collective, where she works and collaborates with two other talented art therapists.
Deann’s passion for art therapy is contagious. She has witnessed how art can transform experiences, make tangible the unconscious, and allow a space for peace, healing, and hope. She is currently the president of the South Texas Art Therapy Association.
And at night, when her family is sleeping, she makes a ton of art. Her art related business is called Art Nocturnal. Art is her way of staying connected to her joy and keeping her mind and spirit healthy.