Inspired Art Therapy, INC. is a charitable and educational nonprofit (501c3) organization, dedicated to improving the quality of human life through artistic and emotional expression.
No art "talent" or experience is ever required to benefit from our services (we promise!).
We also work with organizations, Art Therapists, Art Therapy students, and other psychology professionals to promote wellness through the arts and psychology.
Inspired Art Therapy, INC. was founded in 2018 by Art Therapist, Zandi Salstrom Schlegel, with the belief that artistic and emotional expression supports wellness and balance within each mind/body/spirit.
Zandi is an Art Therapist who believes everyone is born with the healing power of creativity (yes, even you!).
Zandi is a Seattle native, and was born into a family that thrived on creativity and self-reliance. At the age of 8, her mother died from metastatic breast cancer, and Zandi’s world collapsed. She felt abandoned and alone. Through her teens and twenties, she faced many emotional challenges, and relied on art for her own grieving and healing process. Through the gift of therapy, she also learned that we all need someone outside of ourselves at times to act as a guide, teacher, and even cheerleader. She dedicated her life to helping others through their own dark times, and pursued clinical coursework at Antioch University Seattle and Bastyr University, earning a dual Master’s Degree in Psychology and Art Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Psychology. Today, Zandi thrives on facilitating Art Therapy with clients, and helping new therapists achieve their career goals through professional supervision.
Zandi is a Nationally Board-Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (state of WA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (state of NV). She’s had the privilege of working with clients of all ages; from children whose families are facing cancer at Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda's Club Seattle), to adults with cancer who are seeking support at Cancer Lifeline, to seniors experiencing dementia and associated challenges of advanced age at Kline Galland Home. For 6 years Zandi worked as an Art Therapist at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), where she and her team of clinical interns facilitated Art Therapy groups and bedside Art Therapy sessions for patients and families. Zandi then spent 2 years running the Art Therapy program at the Swedish Cancer Institute (watch Zandi talk about Art Therapy at the Swedish Cancer Institute), offering individual Art Therapy and Groups for adults.
In 2012, Zandi founded Seattle Expressive Arts Therapy (SEAT) to offer a creative mind-body approach to counseling for women and girls, and after a big move to Nevada in the Fall of 2018, she founded Inspired Art Therapy, INC.
Outside of practicing Art Therapy, Zandi has taught in the Master's of Psychology and Art Therapy program at Antioch University in Seattle, guest-lectured on the topic of Art Therapy, in the Master’s of Nursing program at the University of Washington, and has been featured on New Day Northwest talking about the benefits of Art Therapy (watch Zandi talk about the benefits of Art Therapy). She is also an adviser and contributor to the therapeutic books and programs of Art with Heart.
A lifelong Artist, Megan Schlegel is a creative leader with deep roots in Northern Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BA in Art and English, then completed her Master of Arts in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Today she serves as Art Manager for a game development studio in Reno, NV. Additionally, she leads an LGBTQI Employee Business Resource Group, serves as an external reviewer for Western Nevada College's Graphics Communications Program and attends The Center for Spiritual Living, Reno. Her service on this board aligns with her life purpose - To acknowledge, support, and uplift Authenticity in herself and others.
John Schlegel is an urban planner who spent his career promoting better human living environments. That career exposed him to a wide range of subcultural expressions across the country. During his working life, he assisted his wife with the design of stained glass windows for homes and churches. Now retired and an avid gardener, he pursues his life-long artistic horticultural passions. His service on this board complements his career work and current avocation.
Zoe Davis is a licensed mental health counselor and functional medicine nutritionist with Amen Clinics, an integrative psychiatric practice with clinics throughout the country. She attended graduate school at Antioch University Seattle where she earned her master’s in mental health counseling, as well as University of Western States, for advanced study in human nutrition and functional medicine. As a lifelong dancer and choreographer, Zoe has a deep appreciation of the role of creativity in mental health and soul satisfaction, and she emphasizes creativity as a key aspect of whole-person nourishment with her clients. Because of her passion for artistic expression and understanding of its effect on both mental and physical health, Zoe is proud to be a founding member of the board for Inspired Art Therapy, Inc., and is honored to support the growth of art therapy resources in Nevada.
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Inspired Art Therapy, INC.
PO Box 19232, Reno, NV 89511, US
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