Lisa Lounsbury, MA, LMFT, ATR

Adjunct Faculty Member

After more than 20 years experience as a professional artist and facilitator of group art projects, Lisa Lounsbury recognized a shift as participants spoke about their internal transformation after a self-portrait workshop she led in 2008. Lisa knew immediately that this was the healing power of creative self-expression. Thus, began her own transformation she went back to school in order to properly support this life-changing work. On her journey, she moved from focusing on an external product (art) to trusting the internal process (art therapy).

Lisa earned a bachelors degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, and a masters degree from Adler Graduate School in Richfield. She is now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. Lisa created her private practice, Art Lab Rx in 2015 and is committed to providing relevant art therapy sessions for a variety of clients, including recovery centers, hospitals and faith-based organizations.

Lisa continues to be a sought-after speaker, an award-winning artist and a community volunteer. She is bilingual (Spanish) and is an avid world traveler.


MA – Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN

BA – Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Email address:
Professional Membership: 

MNATA – Minnesota Art Therapy Association

AATA – American Art Therapy Association

MARRCH – Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health

Professional Practice: 

Art Lab Rx (2014 – present) – Art Therapy Groups on relevant topics for a variety of clients, including recovery centers, hospitals and faith-based organizations.

David Hoy & Associates (2015-2017) CTSS In-home mental health services, Art Therapy Out-Patient for individuals, couples and families.

U of M Health (2014-2015) – Art Therapy groups for Children’s & Adolescent Day Treatment

Select Publications: 

Cited in Art Therapy and Substance Abuse by Libby Schmanke

Select Presentations: 

We Are The Art Material: Transformational Practice in Community Art Therapy Panel of students from Nicaragua Art Therapy Internship Milwaukee Art Therapy Association Symposium, 2013

A Media Properties Continuum for Art Therapy in SUD Recovery - American Art Therapy Association Conference, 2015

Art Therapy for Wellness Scleroderma Foundation 2016

Art + Science = Healing Senior Health & Wellness, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, MN, 2017

Academic History (higher ed experience): 

Guest Lecturer – Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 2012

Guest Lecturer – North Central University, Minneapolis, MN, 2013 & 2016

Areas of Interest: 

Addictions, Faith/Spirituality, Multicultural Studies, Resiliency

What I like about Adler Graduate School: 

Adler Graduate School supports each individual student to achieve their academic dreams while creating a multicultural community spirit.