Sharon is a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist with 30 years of experience working with adults in both group and individual settings. She serves as Practicum Faculty with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Her art therapy private practice and national presentations focus on traumatic loss, specifically parents who have lost a child, suicide bereavement, and military loss/ Gold Star Families.

The creative process, meaning reconstruction and continuing bonds with the deceased are cornerstones of Sharon’s work. She is author of Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing, written twelve years after the suicide of her seventeen year old daughter.  Additional published works can be found in Neimeyer’s Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved,Thompson and Neimeyer’s Grief and the Expressive Arts:  Practices for Creating Meaning as well as, Di Maria’s,  Exploring Ethical Issues in Art Therapy and Gershman and Thompson’s, Prescriptive Memory in Grief and Loss:  The Art of Dreamscaping. Sharon is co-founder of The Kristin Rita StrouseFoundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of Mental Health through education and the arts.  

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