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Carol Olson, ATR-BC, CSAC, LPC

Carol grew up making art and working her mother’s studio and art businesses.  When she went to art school, she realized she wanted to work with people as well and help make change in both the lives of individuals and in communities.   She was directed to art therapy as a means to combine artistic expression and helping others.  

After Carol earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, she went to study art therapy at George Washington University.  Carol graduated in 1993 and began working full-time in a psychiatric hospital in Virginia as a Psychometrician, with additional part-time hours providing art therapy to sexually abused children.  She moved to California and worked for herself in private practice and various hospitals in mental health and substance abuse.  Carol then returned to Virginia, completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling and began specializing more in working with marginalized populations and co-morbid disorders.  Carol is now a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a board certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC).  She has worked on various projects for community services boards and private practice.  While Carol has always worked with sexual and interpersonal trauma, she began to specialize more in this area over the years. 

Carol is the former Executive Director of the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault.  RCASA is a rape crisis and counseling center in the Rappahannock area of Virginia, serving a city and four counties.  She also ran The Creative Arts Space: Art – Art Therapy – Art Activism, a private counseling practice in Richmond, Virginia.  She served on the Governing Body of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, a state-wide coalition.  Carol participates in social justice cause work as well, including  service on the Racial Justice Taskforce of the Action Alliance dedicated to developing non-racist agencies within our cause area and with Violence and Vulnerable Populations which is a local coalition to bring together sexual assault and domestic violence agencies with agencies serving those with disabilities, elderly, and other particularly vulnerable populations to sexual and interpersonal violence.  Carol also founded and served on the board of the Virginia Art Therapy Association. 

Carol is currently the Development Director of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, the state-wide coalition for Virginia.  She serves on the governing body of the Virginia Center for Public Press and is the co-chair of the News and Public Affairs Committee of their radio station, WRIR 97.3 LPFM.  She also hosts several shows including The V Word, an anti-violence show.  

Carol considers herself an artist, art therapist, advocate, and both an addiction and trauma specialist.  Oh, and a knitter!  She blogs on these areas and promotes social cause work in her community. 




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