Ms. Margaret (Meg) Lewis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Art Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Ohio Northern University. Ms. Lewis is our lead therapist for our SSP research project, and for polyvagal informed therapy. She holds additional certification as a Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapist (EXAT).
Ms. Lewis has a broad range of experience, including child protective services and foster care, group homes, schools, home based therapy, and community mental health centers. She also worked in a psychiatric hospital, giving her additional experience with more intensive diagnoses. When working with kids, she focuses on mood, school issues, family conflict and disruptive behavior problems. Her work with adults includes anxiety, mood regulation, stress and trauma. Ms. Lewis is particularly good with clients who are struggle with feeling overwhelmed.
As an Art Therapist, Ms. Meg Lewis integrates person centered therapies as part of her treatment. Some of these therapies include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Ego State Therapy. Other therapies include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/trauma-focused-cognitive-behavioral-therapy and Polyvagal Informed Psychotherapy approaches.
The introduction of Expressive Arts allows for greater exploration into past traumas, anxieties and depression. Expressive Arts utilizes mark making, rhythm, movement, storytelling and other somatosensory interventions. Ms. Meg Lewis is also an expert in delivery of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) and trains other clinicians on this modality. She is heavily involved in the collaboration with our practice and the IU Traumatic Stress Research Consortium project using SSP as well.
When not working, she enjoys walking her dogs, drawing, photography, singing, hiking, baking and spending time with family and friends.