Name: Callie Cullinan
Title / Credentials: LPCC-S, ATR; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervisor Designation; Registered Art Therapist
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Education: BA in Psychology, Minor in Studio Art; The Ohio State University
Masters in Art Therapy & Counseling; Adler University
Brief art therapy/ artist bio & personal connection to Twist:
Callie is a clinical counselor, art therapist, and artist in Columbus, Ohio. Callie is currently a registered art therapist (ATR) and licensed professional clinical counselor with her supervision designation (LPCC-S) in the state of Ohio. Callie has worked as a clinical counselor and art therapist in Chicago, IL and Columbus, Ohio over the last nine years in hospital settings. As an art therapist, she is dedicated to providing a safe, therapeutic environments for creative self-expression as a means of healing, self-reflection, and building strengths.
In 2020, Callie joined Twist Out Cancer as an artist for Brushes with Cancer and art therapist for the Twistshop program. She was inspired by the uniqueness of the Twist Out Cancer programs as they provided spaces for those impacted by cancer to share their stories in a creative way and build connections, especially during the global pandemic. Callie had witnessed the impact of a cancer diagnosis on her loved ones and wanted to get involved to support this population. During her participation in Brushes with Cancer in 2020, Callie was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer and underwent 18 months of intensive treatment. She continues to be very passionate about Twist Out Cancer and looks forward to continuing to support others through the use of creative arts and storytelling.
What is your favorite art materials/ art technique to share with a group?
Collage – I love the use of collage and mixed media with individuals and groups. I enjoy collecting images, pictures, textures, found objects, etc. to collage work and watching as participants piece together their own work of art. I know that getting started with art making can be intimidating for some and I think collage is an easy way to engage those whom may be hesitant.
What is your “Twist” on creative arts therapy?
I feel so strongly that every human is creative in their own unique way– and I feel for fortunate to get to support others as they navigate using the creative arts as a modality to heal, cope, explore, and reflect.