Artist and art therapist, Nichole Hall, believes that creating is a way of life.
From salvaging pieces of forgotten furniture to upcycling bits of vintage wedding gowns, the therapeutic process of making is where mindfulness and health is found.
Nichole Hall, MS, ATR-BC is a working artist and registered board certified art therapist. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Northern Kentucky University in 2004 and went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University in 2007. She considers herself equal parts artist/art therapist, for without one, the other cannot exist. Taking care of the creative self and others is a fine balancing act.
Creating has always been a necessary element of self-care for Nichole. Beginning at a young age, Nichole borrowed ideas from her Father’s tattoo magazines, free-hand drawing anything of interest. Artistic interests developed to include charcoal figure drawing, collage, photography, mixed media artwork (sewing on canvas), fiber arts and jewelry making.
As a registered and board certified art therapist, Nichole has worked with persons in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. Clinical experiences include working with persons dually diagnosed (having mental health challenges coupled with substance abuse dependence), those suffering from past trauma and families court-ordered to receive mental health services. She currently facilitates art therapy groups on an inpatient behavioral health unit, as well as, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program; using art as a means to heal the mind, body and spirit.