This month we honor our colleague and friend, Megan Burdick-Grade, MA, LMFT, WATR-BC, a gifted licensed marriage and family therapist and a Wisconsin-licensed and nationally board certified art therapist who celebrates 21 years on staff at Samaritan Counseling Center in 2020. Megan started her working life as an art teacher and came to understand the healing effects of art and creativity. After learning about the field of art therapy, she adjusted her sails and earned dual master’s degrees in art therapy and marriage and family therapy. She relocated to Wisconsin with her husband and came to work at Samaritan in 1999.
Megan is a mentor and leader at Samaritan. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a healing resource that supports clients healing from trauma. She supervises clinicians in training to provide trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) through the TF-CBT Learning Collaborative which is a part of the larger Wisconsin Trauma Project at the Department of Children and Families. TF-CBT is an evidence-based therapy for children age 6 to 18 that includes elements of storytelling and resource-building.
“I believe in Samaritan because we are open and accepting to people of all faiths and spiritual practices, regardless of their ability to pay,” Megan said, “and I love that I can work with people of all ages.” Megan works with children, adolescents, families, and adults at our Menasha office with a variety of mental health concerns including behavioral issues, parenting, bipolar disorder, abuse, pain management, trauma, relationships, and marriage issues. Contact Samaritan to learn more or call 920.886.9319 to request an appointment with Megan or one of her colleagues.