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"Art is a way to make sense

out of our lived experiences."


-Miki nishida Goerdt

Miki Nishida Goerdt is a visuall artist who utilizes painting, printmaking, and mixed media as her visual language. She grew up in Japan and immigrated to the United States at age of 18. Her artworks often capture her personal experiences and memories, which serve as the invitations for the viewers to start feeling more intimate connections with larger societal concerns and cultural concepts. The main themes she explores in her artworks include the process of emotional healing, social and psychological impacts of oppression, cultural bereavement, and how societal contexts influence one’s identity formation.

Miki is a board-certified art therapist and licensed clinical social worker in addition to being an artist. This means she helps people to learn more about themselves through art making. Art therapy is about healing what hurts, cultivating self-awareness, and growing yourself through creative expression. No prior art experience or artistic skill is required. More information about her art therapy & counseling practice can be found here.

If you are an art therapist or a social worker interested in clinical supervision, please find more info here.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Virginia (LCSW), April 2009 - Present 

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, Maryland (LCSW-C), August 2007- October 2009; Jan 2022 - Present

  • Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), Sept 2019 - Present


  • Master of Social Work (May 2004) & Advanced Graduate Study Certificate in Art Therapy (August 2015), Marywood University, Scranton, PA

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art (May 2002), Wartburg College, Waverly, IA


  • Performance award (2014), Arlington County Department of Human Services, Arlington, Virginia

  • Honorable Mention, A New Palette For The Workhouse (2006) , The Lorton Arts Foundation, Reston, VA

  • Semi-Finalist, L. Ron Hubbard’s the Illustrator of Future Contest (1999), Nationwide

  • Second Prize, Illustration of Books Contest (1998), Mu-Shi Tale Inc., Nationwide


  • Remembering to Heal (1/2024 - 2/2024), Vault gallery at the d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA


  • Intersection: Identity and culture (Nov 2023 - Jan 2024), Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

  • Five Points 2023 printmaking Juried Exhibition (June-July 2023), Five Points Arts Center, Torrington, CT

  • The Unseen (Feb - Mar 2023), Del Ray Artisan Gallery,  Alexandria, VA

  • Collab: Conversations in Art (July - Aug, 2022), Fall Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

  • Feminist Insight: Telling Her Story (3/2022), The Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

  • No Justice, No Peace: Global Protest, Unrest, and Conflict (2021), James Wise Gallery, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA

  • 20/20 in Hindsight--Coping, Confronting, and Creating Change (2021), Online exhibition, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

  • Your Place at The Table (2020), 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC

  • Facing Forward (Oct, 2020 – Jan, 2021), Light Art Space, Silver City, NM

  • Divulge: A National Exhibition Featuring the Use of Art for Therapy and Mental Health Awareness (2020), d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA

  • When Darkness Falls: Night Exploration (2019), Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Solomons Island, MD

  • A New Palette For The Workhouse (2006), The Lorton Arts Foundation, Reston, VA

  • Insight & Inspiration: The Fine Arts Healers (2002), The Center For Being And Becoming, Washington, D.C.


  • "Am I welcome here?" (2024), Group exhibition to raise awayreness on international students' experiences in America, George Washington University Education Center, Alexandria, VA

  • Art in Nature Festival (2023), National Botanic Garden in Chantilly, VA



  • Art for self-care (Nov 2023), a seminar for September House MAJ, Rockville, MD

  • Building Solidarity among BIPOC Communities (Nov 2022), Workshop at the American Art Therapy Association annual conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • Art Therapy with Older Adults: Creativity as a Healing Tool (Nov 2022), Presentation at Mid-Atlantic Chapter Aging Life Care Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

  • Art therapy with older adults (Nov 2021), Presentation at Aging Life Care Association Northern Virginia unit meeting. 

  • Art as a tool for self-care and healing (Oct2021), Presentation at the Virtual Wellness and Mental health Summit, Northern Virginia Community College.

  • Awakening your heart: Mindfulness & Art workshop (2017 – 2020), Bi monthly art therapy workshop at Circle Art Studio, Fairfax, VA

  • Printmaking Techniques with CBT Interventions (Oct 2017), Full-day workshop at Expressive Therapies Summit in New York, NY

  • Art Therapy for Older Adults with Mental Illness (March 2016), Half-day workshop at the annual conference of National Association of Social Workers Virginia Chapter, Richmond, VA



Goerdt, M. N. (2023). Understanding cultural contexts through Japanese printmaking: My experience as art therapist and artist. American Art Therapy Association.


Goerdt, M. N., Resurreccion, A. A. G., Taziyah, B., Johnson, R.,  Lorenzo de la Peña, S., & Johnson, T. (2022) BIPOC Art Therapists: Antiracism Work Through the Virtual Circle, Art Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2021.2024318


Goerdt, M. (2021).  Ethical Multicultural Practice: A Racist Comment in Group Art Therapy. In T.J. Ling & J.M. Hauck (Eds.), Navigating ethical dilemmas in creative arts therapies: A case-based approach. Routledge.


Goerdt, M. (2021). Moments of connection in art therapy with my Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander clients, American Art therapy Association. 


Goerdt, M. (2020). My perspective as a BIPOC art therapist. American Art Therapy Association.


Goerdt, M. (2020). Intracultural Practice for Asian Art Therapists: "Are You one of Us, or Are You One of Them?" In Kitazawa, M. (Ed.), Asian Art Therapists: Navigating Art, Diversity, and Culture. Routledge.


Nishida, M. & Strobino, J. (2005) Art Therapy with a Hemodialysis Patient: A Case Analysis, Art Therapy, 22(4), 221-226, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2005.10129517


  • Together Through Art – Calendar project to advocate for mental illness and older adults (2012), Arlington County RAFT program, Arlington, VA

  • Creativity Within Us – Calendar project with hospice patients’ artworks (2004), VNA Hospice, Scranton, PA

  • Tree of Life mural project (2004), Moses Taylor Hospital Inpatient Hospice Floor, Scranton, PA

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