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Meagan Fitzgerald
Graduate School
Class of 2013
Major: Art Therapy/ Counseling
Hometown: Little Silver, NJ

I love psychology, volunteering, and community service, and when an art therapist visited my art class in high school, I realized that the field combined my biggest passions. Art has always been my own therapy, so I thought I’d like to use it to help others, too.

An art therapist visited Meagan Fitzgerald’s GS’13 art class in Little Silver, NJ, when she was 16 years old, and since then, she’s been on an unwavering path to join the profession.

“I knew right then and there that’s what I wanted,” she said. “I created my own program in sociology and art at Rider University so I’d be able to be accepted directly into a graduate program. I applied to CNR’s graduate art therapy/counseling Program during my senior year, and was accepted before I graduated.”

Art therapy trains students to professionally use the art therapy process in clinical practice. The program provides a linkage between the studio art experience and depth-oriented psychological theory such as psychoanalysis, ego psychology, and object relations. It is designed to stimulate the development of the student as both artist and therapist.

“I had been taking art classes outside of school since I was 10, and when I got into high school, I realized that in art careers, you end up selling your ability and talent, rather than creating art for yourself. So I was reconsidering the field. I love psychology, volunteering, and community service, and when the art therapist visited my art class in high school, I realized that the field combined my biggest passions. Art has always been my own therapy, so I thought I’d like to use it to help others, too.”

Meagan hopes to work in a hospital setting and is open to working with any group; children, disabled adults, or people with terminal or mental illnesses. She can see herself anywhere in the field, however, because, she says, “I just want to help people!”