About the South Texas Art Therapy Association

The South Texas Art Therapy Association, STATA, is an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association. The purpose of this association is to progressively develop the therapeutic use of art, to advance research, to improve standards of practice and to provide vehicles for the exchange of information and experience. The objectives of this association are to aim treatment most effectively toward rehabilitation and the improvement of human welfare, to improve the effectiveness of those engaged in art therapy through the means of meetings and seminars, to provide a professional support system for the profession and its practitioners regionally, to encourage the development of professional training opportunities in art therapy and to inform people about the field of art therapy.

STATA Membership

For membership in the South Texas Art Therapy Association, you can:
1. Become a member or renew your membership with the American Art Therapy Association. When you join or renew your AATA membership, choose STATA as your local chapter. To learn more about membership in the American Art Therapy Association, visit http://arttherapy.org/aata-membershipinfo/
2. Join only the local chapter - South Texas Art Therapy Association. Visit http://arttherapy.org/aata-chaptertexassouth/

STATA membership benefits include free CEUs at our den meetings, the opportunity to list your practice on our website, and the option to share announcements and promote events through our social media.


STATA dens were created to build the community of local art therapists and because not all members are able to travel to attend the regular STATA member meetings. Local dens provide a way for art therapist to connect for networking, peer support, case consultation, and CEU events. Art therapists, mental health professionals, students, and other individuals interested in art therapy are invited to connect with their local STATA den. To learn more about your local den, contact the area den leader or see our events page for upcoming meetings.
San Antonio area: Salina Shelton, LPC salina@trueyouarttherapy.com
Houston area contact: Ronda Walker rhw.atr@comcast.net
Austin area contact: Tracey McCullick, LPC tmccullick@austin.rr.com

STATA Board (2016-2018)

Karen McGarity, ATR-BC, LPC
Karen is a graduate of Pratt’s Masters in Art Therapy program (2001). Since moving to Austin in 2004, Karen has been providing school-based therapy to the Austin community. Karen works for Austin Travis County Integral Care as the school-based therapist at McCallum High School. Karen has offered extensive art therapy trainings and workshops throughout Austin and at the national level. She enjoys gardening, painting and outdoor adventures with her family. Karen is the co-founder of “Paint the ‘58” and volunteers her time to beautify her neighborhood by painting murals. 

Secretary: Elizabeth Bickel, LPC, ATR, LCDC
Elizabeth currently serves on the South Texas Art Therapy Association Board as Secretary.  She is the Clinical Director for PNR Healthcare including; The Arbor, Anchor West, Compass Continuing Care and Hope Harbor systems of care.  Elizabeth earned her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  She is passionate about working with families and individuals recovering from addiction. 

Treasurer: Lindsey Taucher, LPC
Lindsey is a previously nationally registered and board-certified art therapist, now maintaining her LPC in the state of Texas. She completed her Master of Art in Art Therapy at The George Washington University in 1997, working in DC until returning to Austin in 1999 to work as an art therapist in Bastrop County. Lindsey has worked at St. Edward's University in Austin since 2000, providing academic advising to college students. Additionally, she began seeing therapy client in 2013 through Blue Sky Abilities, providing community based mental health counseling. A movie lover and sprint triathlon participant, Lindsey also enjoys reading and exploring Austin with her family, usually involving music and the arts. She also volunteers with Drive a Senior South Austin and contributes to the cooking and baking ministry of St. Ignatius, Martyr.

Chapter Delegate: Bethany Sweeden, LPC-AT, ATR-BC
Bethany owns Art Heals, PLLC ((www.facebook.com/ArtHeals.ArtTherapy) and operates a small private practice, Leander Counseling & Art Therapy (www.LeanderCA.com). She received her BA in Art Therapy at Converse College in SC, and her MA from Phillips Graduate University in CA. In 2008 she moved to Texas to pursue her LPC-AT licensure. Last year, she launched a community art project - the Random Acts of Creative Kindness Project (www.facebook.com/RACKProject) - that she continues to share at local events and workshops. And most recently, Bethany took over as the Organizer for the Williamson County Women Mental Health Professionals networking group.  When she is not working, she enjoys painting, crafting, journaling, mandalas, gardening, cooking, yoga, meditation, energy healing, and traveling.

Newsletter Chair: Deborah Lindeen, LPC/S, ATR-BC
Deborah is in private practice in Houston, focusing on women's issues,  mood disorders, trauma, and relationships. She uses art therapy frequently in her practice, as well as hosts SoulCollage(R) workshops in Houston and Mexico. Her website is www.soulscapecounseling.com

Chapter Delegate: Carolyn Mehlomakulu, LMFT-S, ATR-BC
Carolyn is a Board Certified Art Therapist and obtained her Master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy with Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, graduating in 2007. She is in private practice in north Austin and works with children, teens, and families to overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma. Carolyn also provides supervision for LMFT-associates, hosts creative therapy trainings and workshops, and also blogs about art therapy at www.creativityintherapy.com. You can learn more about her therapy practice at www.therapywithcarolyn.com.

Webmaster: Yadi Puente, LPC, ATR
Yadi is a Registered Art Therapist and LPC and she operates a private practice in San Antonio called Sprouting 4 Life Counseling Services (www.sprouting4life.org) and is the Founder/President of ARTVANGO (artvango.org), a nonprofit organization offering expressive therapy to San Antonio children in the foster-care system. In 2005, she received her dual Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and in Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Art Therapy Credentials Board

The ATCB is responsible for credentialing professional art therapists and promoting the ethical, competent practice of art therapy. Learn more at http://www.atcb.org/

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