Maike Nolen, MA, ATR is a registered art therapist who graduated from The George Washington University in January 2016. She currently works at a senior residence in Virginia with clients who have Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia as well as physical disabilities and other diagnoses. Maike also leads a weekly open studio for the SCAPE program at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton for veterans, active duty service members, and their families. During her graduate program she interned at a youth center in South Africa, a psychiatric hospital, and a trauma clinic. She has experience working with seniors, adolescents, children, and adults.
Maike began her career as goldsmith and graduate gemologist in Germany. In her last position as a graduate gemologist she worked for the German Foundation for Gemstone Research in her hometown, Idar-Oberstein. After relocating to the United States, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. This, coupled with her lifelong interest in visual arts, led her to the art therapy program at The George Washington University.
As an artist, Maike enjoys working with oil paints and acrylics, clay, and soapstone sculpture, as well as exploring other art media.