Getting to know AMANDA SAMBETS, our art therapist in the spotlight for May 2017!
Name: Amanda Sambets
When and where did you receive your degree? The College of New Rochelle 2014
What drew you to the field? I started out in an undergrad Graphic Design program but decided I couldn't sit behind a computer all day. I needed to be working with my hands and the field was changing. I starting working at a preschool, kids would come tell me horrible things about their home life. After coming home and talking about these situations my dad told me about Art Therapy- he knew someone at a college. After checking it out I liked the idea of using art to express the inner self and being a third hand for clients.
What kind of work are you doing currently? (location, type of client, etc) I am a Special Education Teacher for Wake County Public Schools. I use my skills with Autistic (low functioning) High School students.
Are you creating your own art? Favorite media? Inspiration? I love painting but recently I have enjoyed using ink on Yupo paper.
What do you like to do in your free time? Flea Market shopping. I enjoy finding treasures.
What are your hopes for art therapy in North Carolina? I'd like to have a license but everyone needs to want to do the work for it.
Anything else? (favorite quote, etc): I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken.