Miki Nishida Goerdt :  Artist + Art Therapist


I specialize in oil painting and mixed media art.  I found oil painting as an avenue of self-expression when I was 16 years old and never stopped since then. There are emotions and sensations that are too difficult to describe in words. These feelings build up inside of myself, and eventually they form images. When this happens, I start painting. Through painting, I learn who I am.


I am a board-certified art therapist in addition to being an artist. This means I help people to learn more about themselves through art making. Art therapy is about growing yourself. More information about my art therapy practice can be found at www.emeraldleafCC.com


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibition (2016), Arlington County Central Library, Arlington, VA

  • Wings exhibition (2015), Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

  • Impression & Stories (2004), Marywood University Visual Arts Center Lounge, Scranton, PA

  • Art Therapy Unmasked (2004), Studio 120, Binghamton, NY

  • Where I live (2003), Artist For Art Gallery, Scranton, PA

  • Earth Day Exhibition (2003), Artist For Art Gallery, Scranton, PA



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

  • Printmaking Techniques with CBT Interventions (October 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



  • 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



  • Miki Goerdt (2021). Moments of connection in art therapy with my Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander clients, American Art therapy Associationhttps://arttherapy.org/blog-art-therapy-with-aanhpi-clients/ 

  • Miki Goerdt (2020). My perspective as a BIPOC art therapist. American Art Therapy Associationhttps://arttherapy.org/blog-my-perspectives-as-a-bipoc-art-therapist/

  • Miki Goerdt (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.

  • Miki Nishida LGSW & Jane Strobino DSW (2005) Art Therapy with a Hemodialysis Patient: A Case Analysis, Art Therapy, 22:4, 221-226, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2005.10129517

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I welcome your feedback on my art, suggestions on collaborative projects, and inquiries for purchasing artworks. Sales of large paintings are handled locally only in Washington DC area.

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