Marnita Patton, MA, ATR, CCBT, CGT, CDP

With over twenty-five years of experience, Marnita is a licensed Art Therapist who has provided creative therapeutic programs to a wide variety of populations.  In addition to being a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CCBT), Certified Group Therapist (CGT), and a Certified Dementia Professional (CDP), she is trained in Integrative Expressive Sand Play Therapy, Auriculotherapy, and Energy Medicine. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Art Education and her master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Marnita has worked on curriculum committees, developed and implemented programming for crisis stabilization, inpatient, partial hospitalization, outpatient, short-term residential, school settings, nursing homes, assisted living and memory care facilities. She has also been involved in crisis response team, task forces, quality assurance, volunteer efforts and interfacing with partners in the community. Paralleling her therapeutic career, she has remained active in the arts coordinating art fairs and as an educator designing fine art curricula for grant funded programs, art clubs, summer programs, and the Village Art Room. Marnita has had numerous shows and has participated in juried regional, national and international exhibitions. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio – The Art of Paper and Mixed Media and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. As a professional artist, she’s been involved in festival judging of fine art and continues to show her work in juried exhibitions.