ALLUMA is an art therapy practice and wellness company founded by Board Certified Art Therapist Deanna Barton and was inspired by Deanna’s life experiences and past 10 years of work as an art therapist.
From childhood to adulthood, Deanna explained, her safe spaces decreased. Her identity as a
Black woman coupled with racial inequity greatly impacted her creativity, confidence, and wellbeing. She shared that throughout her life, whiteness was always reflected back when she looked out into the world. This affected her physical and mental health and led to depression and severe anxiety in her late teens. When she sought mental health care, white practitioners were often the only option. It seemed that healing required silencing and suppressing parts of herself. Deanna shared this is a lived experience many of her clients share.
For mental health care to be inclusive it must be decolonized and embody cultural humility. Having sat on both sides of the table as a patient/client and a practitioner, Deanna holds space for healing and supports the well-being of BIWOC as they tap into innate creativity to heal deep wounds and regain the confidence they need to take up space and bloom.