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Michael C. Irving, Ph.D. is dedicated to a career combining three areas: personal growth, art and education. Dr. Irving is the Artistic Director of a community arts initiative The Child Abuse Survivor Monument Project.

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  • 1995 Ph.D., Professional Psychology and Art as Healing, The Union Institute
  • 1988 M.A., Counseling Psychology, Art and Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Vermont College of Norwich University
  • 1986 B.A., Sculpture and Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Vermont College of Norwich University
  • Served as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups. For more than 30 years has led *psychotherapy and art workshops on - healing emotional trauma through regressive therapies, mind/body integration, MPD/DID, ego state therapy, primal therapy, EMDR, EFT, Mindfulness, MBPR (Mind Based Pain Repatterning), art therapy, prenatal parenting and, working with pre and prenatal issues through art.

    Lectured on such diverse subjects as psychotherapy techniques, childhood sexual abuse, community arts, art as healing, sculpting and carving, art history, mythology, serpent/dragon myth, art therapy, birth symbolism, dissociation and DDIS. Conducted local and national child abuse awareness campaigns.
    Taught in college, adult education, elementary schools and nursery school settings.

    Published journal articles and poetry. Has been written about and had his art featured in newspapers, films, medical magazines. A world leader in developing the theory of Natalism, which illustrates parallels between creative expression and the pre and perinatal experience as seen through cross-cultural images and artistic expressions in art.
    Produced stone, bronze, resin, wood and steel sculptures.

    Exhibited in group and one man shows at public and private galleries, libraries, universities and psychology and medical conferences. Won international awards for stone and woodcarving. Has his sculpture in private and corporate collections internationally.

    *Michael and Cheryl Irving worked providing private psychotherapy services for 30 years. As of 2017 they continue to train clinicians, but no longer perform private psychotherapy sevices. They provide coaching and teaching in positive lifestyle and wellness. Their online and private coaching services are with innovative and leading edge approaches for Mind-Body tools and resiliency skills for wellbeing and quality of life. and