Sharon Strouse, M.A., ATR-BC, LCPAT
Sharon Strouse, M.A., ATR-BC, LCPAT, is a board certified and licensed art therapist, author, teacher, facilitator, speaker and survivor. Her world dramatically changed on Oct. 11, 2001, when her 17-year-old daughter, Kristin, ended her own life. Sharon's own process of meditation and collage-making in response to the trauma of loss became a template for her work with others.
She is a grief and bereavement specialist and workshop presenter for TAPS (2008-2016), the American Association of Suicidology (2012 and 2014), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2016), the Association for Death Education and Counseling (2012-2015) and The Compassionate Friends (2005-2015). She is a board member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and has presented workshops on grief and bereavement to third-year psychiatry residents. Sharon is the co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of mental health through education and the arts. Sharon has a private practice in Maryland. She is the author of “Artful Grief: a Diary of Healing.”