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Wisconsin Art Therapy Association

Chapter of the American Art Therapy Association

Wisconsin Art Therapy Association (WATA) is a non-profit professional association for practicing art therapists, art therapy educators, students, and other individuals who support the advancement of art therapy as a profession. Current priorities include legislative advocacy, networking, and education in the state of Wisconsin.

Patricia Jirovetz, ATRL, LPC, ICGC II

When I was 42, I decided to change careers. On one of those skill matcher tests, I scored the highest on funeral director. My second highest score was art therapist. I didn’t know what an art therapist was, but I was going to go that direction, and I ‘m so glad I did.

In my 29 year career (so far) I have worked with geriatrics, in-patient and out-patient behavioral health. I have had the honor of serving as President of the WATA Board of Directors, and I put together the member art presentation that played before the opening plenary at the AATA Conference for several years. I have so enjoyed presenting and promoting art therapy and seeing how the field has expanded over the years. I belong to an online mandala group. This group is a wonderful outlet that inspires and energizes me.

No retiring for me, there’s too much I want to do!

Member Spotlight


Learn more about Patricia and her private practice Creative Calm Counseling, LLC at http://creativecalmcounseling.com/


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2024 Board Members

Delora Putnam-Bryant, MS, ATR-BC, LPC-IT

President

Delora Putnam-Bryant is a registered art therapy and licensed practicing counselor in training. She has experience with individuals needing treatment for PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and dual diagnosis.

She received her Master’s of Science degree from Mount Mary College (now University) in Art Therapy in 2012. She also had the pleasure of attending undergraduate at two Historical Black College Universities,  in Jackson, MS and in Huntsville, AL where she received a degree in Commercial and Advertising Art.  Delora has prior experience working as a Freelance Graphic Designer for individuals, small businesses and corporations like M&I bank (now BMO Harris). Currently she is employed as an Experiential Therapist for a local mental hospital where she works with various populations from children to adults, and at Art Therapy House.
Social justice is an important part of Delora’s work to maintain equality for the individuals she serves.

Alison Heintz, MS, ATR, LPC

Secretary

Alison has been employed at Clark County Community as a Clinical Therapist for the past 5 years incorporating art therapy into her practice as much as possible. Previously she worked as an art therapist in a wilderness therapy program and also at an outpatient clinic. A majority of her work experience has been with youth and families.

Jill McNutt Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC, ATRL, ATCS

Governmental Affairs

Jill is a board-certified art therapist, credentialled supervisor, and licensed professional counselor. She received her Doctoral degree in Expressive arts therapy from Lesley University. She has 20+ years of experience working in medical art therapy specializing in cancer care. Jill also is a partner in the Art Therapy House, Inc. Jill currently works at Advocate Aurora Health, and The Art Therapy House, Inc. Her mission and passion include providing opportunity and service to a diverse and inclusive community focused on emotional, social, and spiritual health.

Mira Alexandrea Newell, MS

Communications

After graduating with a Master of Science degree from Mount Mary University, Mira worked as an Experiential Therapist at Rogers Memorial Hospital. She specializes in Eco-Art Therapy: utilizing creativity in connection with nature to foster wellness and growth. She has continued with clinical and community work in Wisconsin, Chicago, Hawai’i, Nicaragua, and Croatia.  Her private practice, Broken Mirror Healing, offers retreats, workshops and individual counseling opportunities.

Her most recent program is the Comfort and Joy Ornament Project for Waukesha, Wisconsin in the wake of the Christmas Parade Tragedy of 2021. This community art therapy project in conjunction with the WATA Social Action Committee was featured by The Waukesha Freeman, The Shepherd Express, and TMJ4 News. She is now developing an Art for Peace project to aid those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Mira is dedicated to building communications and connections within the art therapy community. As a WATA board member, she is committed to fostering awareness and arts-based action on issues of social justice both locally and globally.