Martina E. Efodzi, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPC
Founder & Creative Director
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I am a Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the Washington, DC area. I earned a B.A in political science and a M.Div. in religious studies from Howard University in 2002 and 2007 respectively. From as far back as I can remember, art has always been my secret getaway—my spiritual retreat. Any attempt I’ve ever made to suppress my love for it has always left me feeling empty and frustrated. When I finally gave in, and rounded the bend along my circuitous journey back to art, I came to understand, as did Pablo Picasso, that “Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” Thus, in order to gain further insight into its therapeutic potential, I pursued and attained a Master of Arts in art therapy from George Washington University in 2011.
As an ordained Deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, I serve in an appointment beyond the local church as a full-time psychotherapist at a community-based health organization where I specialize in providing culturally sensitive care to marginalized groups, specifically those living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to my agency and private practice work, I have facilitated a countless number of expressive arts workshops for individuals of all ages and abilities with a variety of schools, government agencies, community organizations and churches.
As an artist-therapist, maintaining a strong artist identity is essential to the work I do. My most recent exhibition, “Honoring the Past, Educating the Present and Inspiring the Future” was featured at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Black History Month Art Show in 2017. Additionally, my essay entitled, “Art Therapist? Yes. Minister? That, Too! Ethical Issues That Arise When One Has Dual Roles,” was published in the 2019 art therapy textbook, Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy: 50 Clinicians From 20 Countries Share Their Stories.