Our Mission

As an Affiliate Chapter of AATA, we are committed to upholding the mission, standards and goals set forth by AATA.
Our regional mission is to support and promote the field of art therapy in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  
To this end, our goals include facilitation of networking opportunities for art therapists, organization of workshops/symposiums for education purposes, establishment of alliances with other mental health providers,
and promotion of public awareness of the field.

Board of Directors

President - 2020 - 2022

Leila is a Board-certified and Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is currently working at a local private practice in Richmond, VA providing outpatient art therapy and counseling in addition to her art therapy groups at an adult inpatient psychiatric facility in Richmond. Leila also enjoys being an art therapy supervisor and provides supervision for other art therapists towards credentialing. 

Leila received her MS in Art Therapy and Counseling from EVMS in Norfolk, VA. Leila is actively involved in the VATA Licensure Committee in pursuing licensure for art therapists in VA and believes in the power of advocacy and public policy in promotion of our field.

Leila Saadeh, LPC, ATR-BC

Vice President - 2020

Alyssa is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She is currently working in a residential behavioral health facility providing therapy to adolescents who are challenged with managing depression, trauma, attachment, personality traits, sexual exploitation, and substance abuse. Alyssa recently developed and implemented an art therapy component for a program that provides treatment for adolescent survivors of sex trafficking. Her personal approach to art making has influenced an interest in researching the benefits of unconventional processes and materials with clients. Alyssa is under supervision for ATR, CSAC, and LPC.

Alyssa Hayes, MS, ATR-P

Treasurer - immediately - elections fall, 2020


Secretary - 2018- 2020, waiting for a replacement

Terri moved to Virginia just over a year ago from Nashville, TN. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2007 and worked in Illinois for approximately 5 years as an art therapist with children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral/emotional issues. During that time, she also worked with older adults in a skilled nursing setting. She lived in Nashville for 4 years, working part time at an inpatient psychiatric facility, providing art therapy to individuals with thought disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse. In addition, she provided art therapy to older adults with mental health concerns and Alzheimer’s/dementia in the same facility. She contracted with local nonprofits, providing services in skilled nursing, memory care and retirement facilities. She also worked with nonprofits serving those in recovery from eating disorders, those diagnosed with Epilepsy, and with adults with developmental disabilities.

While in Nashville, Terri co-founded NCAT (Nashville Coalition of Art Therapists) organizing art shows and outreach in the Nashville area. She served as secretary for this organization and was then elected as Vice President of the Tennessee Art Therapy Association. During this time, TATA focused on state licensure and advocacy, planning and hosting CEU workshops, and providing networking events for Art Therapists in Tennessee.

Terri Giller, M.Ed., ATR-BC, Resident in Counseling

Membership Director - 2020

Amber lives in Richmond and works in Glen Allen, VA at a small group private practice as a clinician. She currently offers outpatient art therapy and counseling services and has experience in serving the needs of children, youth, families, and adults in private settings, school systems, hospitals, non-profit and community mental health agencies. She is skilled in art education, mental health counseling, social service, and passionate about advocating for LGBTQ+ unique needs and rights. Amber is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and is currently a resident in counseling towards her LPC. She received her MS in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2013 and her BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. Amber is also currently a student and under training for the Body Positive Yoga Teacher certification. After completion of the program she will be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and will teach accessible, adaptive yoga asana practice, intersectional feminist and social justice principles, address working with marginalized communities, and operate from a body-positive trauma-informed perspective. She also currently serves on the Junior Board of Directors for Full Circle Grief Center, volunteers facilitating groups for Side By Side, and offers outpatient individual therapy at Health Brigade. 



Amber Golden, MS, ATR, Resident in Counseling 

Delegate to the Assembly of Chapters- 2020- 2022

Carol Olson, LPC, ATR-BC,

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The Virginia Art Therapy Association

P.O. Box 17553

Richmond, VA 23226

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