My specialty is working with individuals who have experienced trauma. This might include interpersonal trauma such as neglect, domestic violence, rape or sexual and physical abuse. I also work with individuals who are survivors of war, natural disaster, significant losses, and medical illnesses. Some of the symptoms that I treat include depression, anxiety, dissociation, PTSD, eating disorders, and relationship problems.
My approach supports the integration of mind and body by bringing awareness of affect (feeling states) to the surface while engaging the client's thoughts, beliefs, inner strengths, and resources. I am actively involved in sessions and believe that the client has within themselves all that is needed to heal. Some sessions are entirely spent talking, while other sessions may include movement, art-making, music, and/or various other expressive and experiential modalities. How we work depends on the client. In most sessions, while there is a story to talk about, we typically focus on the here-and-now experience. I strive to bring awareness of the moment to moment sensations and feelings into the session. I believe that it is through this kind of dynamic engagement that trauma will heal. My role can be described as a "compassionate witness" who facilitates self-awareness in the individual and supports the creation of a positive and happier life outlook.
I am a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and registered, board-certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. My graduate degrees were earned at the George Washington University (Art Therapy, 1981) and the University of Maryland School of Social Work (Clinical Social Work, 1986). I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Intensive Trauma Therapy (ITT) and in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP). I also have advanced training in Group Therapy (Washington School of Psychiatry) and Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Other skills that I integrate into my work include: Brainspotting, tapping and guided imagery to work with preverbal trauma, parts work and internal family systems (IFS), group work and psychodrama techniques, clinical hypnosis, mindfulness, and meditation.
In addition to my clinical work, I am actively involved in teaching and professional training particularly in the area of trauma therapy. I have considerable training and expertise in the field of Psychological Trauma and am a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). I frequently conduct workshops and have given numerous presentations at professional conferences and universities, both nationally and internationally. I lead trips for graduate study and professional work in both South and East Africa and have traveled extensively in those countries.
I have been associated with the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program since graduating from that program in 1981. My positions at GW have included: Art Therapist and Staff Counselor at the University Counseling Center, Field Supervisor and Adjunct Professor in Art Therapy, Director of Graduate Studies in Art Therapy, and Assistant Professor in Art Therapy. I have lectured and taught elective classes at other graduate programs including the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, Catholic University and Howard University School of Social Work.
I am the Director of the George Washington University Art Therapy Clinic which is an Art Therapy training and research clinic that provides individual, group and family Art Therapy services to the community at low cost. I supervise the graduate art therapy students and staff who provide the therapy services in the clinic and oversee the research and day to day operations.
I am a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA). I am also a member of the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW), the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).
In 2014 I received the Potomac Art Therapy Association Award for Professional Scholarship in recognition of excellence in professional scholarship. In 2017 I was made a Fellow of the ISSTD. Currently, I serve on the board of the ISSTD and am the founder and chair of the Creative Arts Therapy Special Interest Group (CAT SIG).
"Tally Tripp exemplifies this excellence by her outstanding leadership and commitment to the education of art therapy students, the supervision of art therapy graduates, and the promotion of the art therapy field through providing continuing education to others in mental health professions."