Mary Andrus – Bio

Mary Andrus, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPC

Mary Andrus, Marylhurst UniversityAssistant Professor, Art Therapy Counseling
Program Director, Art Therapy Counseling



Doctor of Art Therapy (DAT), Mount Mary University
MA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Classes Taught

Adolescent & Young Adult Development
Clinical Assessment by Graphic Means
Group Dynamics / Processes / Counseling
Helping Relationship: Counseling
Introduction to Art Therapy
Professional & Clinical Practices


Mary Andrus is a board certified registered art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor. She has been teaching art therapy and supervising students since 2008 at Adler University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Benedictine University.

She is founder of Art Therapy Studio Chicago Ltd. where she supervises a practice of art therapists offering art therapy to adults and adolescents. She has worked with a wide variety of populations in various settings including; community mental health, nursing homes, therapeutic day schools, independent living, inpatient psychiatric hospital and developed a free art therapy program for uninsured pregnant women suffering from perinatal depression.

Her clinical orientation is from a person centered perspective and she has completed her Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) training to specialize in trauma resolution with her clients.

She served in 2011 as president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. Mary has presented numerous times at national American Art Therapy Association conferences, published her artwork in various journals and recently published a book review of The body keeps the score, van der Kolk (2014) in the American Journal of Art Therapy.

Mary is an active member of the Oregon Art Therapy Licensure Task Force, a group that is committed to impacting social change by implementing a bill to protect the ethical practice of art therapy in the state. That bill was signed into law on May 25, 2017.