Mary Kinsey Hyche, A.T.R., LPCA
Ms. Hyche developed a passion for the field of art therapy after interviewing an art therapist while in high school. Ms. Hyche graduated from Converse College in 2000 with a double major in art therapy and psychology. After college, she moved to Charleston, SC and worked in a self-contained classroom for autism as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist.
Ms. Hyche began her Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Louisville in 2003 and graduated in 2005 with an M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in art therapy. While in graduate school, Ms. Hyche interned in a psychiatric hospital and a community health center providing mental health services for all ages incorporating art therapy interventions to work towards goals for treatment.
During her last semester in graduate school, Ms. Hyche was hired as a senior therapeutic aide for a family community health center teaching child and family behavior management techniques in the school and home setting.
Ms. Hyche began working as a counselor at an emotional growth boarding school for girls ages 10-14 in 2005 where she obtained her Registration in Art therapy (ATR). Ms. Hyche discovered that art was a catalyst for this age group to find their voice and express the strong feelings that arise during this time of life. In 2009, Ms. Hyche completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and is registered through Yoga Alliance. Ms. Hyche has combined her interest in art and yoga with the Art of Yoga curriculum that was created to help adolescent girls with positive self-image and tools for stress and anger management.
After taking some time off to raise a family, Ms. Hyche is excited to return to the field of counseling and art therapy. She is interested in using her background in art therapy and yoga to support the well-being of children and caregivers.
Art therapy and movement through yoga naturally align with how younger children express their thoughts and feelings. In addition, these modalities are helpful for adolescents and adults struggling to express themselves verbally.