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Deb Ogburn, REAT
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
Master of Arts
Expressive Arts Therapy with a
Concentration in Coaching & Consulting
European Graduate School
Saas Fee, Switzerland
Professional Diploma
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive Arts Institute San Diego
Certified Teaching Artist
Young Audiences of San Diego
Tending the Fire at Work:
An Expressive Arts Investigation of Burnout in Mid-Career Professionals


I'm Deb Ogburn, Mixed Media Artist, Expressive Life Coach, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Owner of Arts4Evolution.


I came to this work in response to a calling I felt, deep within. I'd spent 15 years working as a visual communications consultant in Chicago, and in my mid-thirties, I realized my life was out of alignment with my values. I embarked on a quest to recover my authentic self, which led me back to my art and to San Diego, California. There, I discovered Expressive Arts—the use of the arts as a catalyst for change and  tool kit for wellness. I attended the Expressive Arts Institute San Diego then continued my studies with the founders of the field at European Graduate School in Switzerland.

In 2006, I completed my master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with a Concentration in Coaching and Consulting, and embarked on my second career journey. Since that time, I've helped many diverse clients restore wellness, creativity and productivity through a connection with passion, purpose and meaning in their lives. I've worked with: 

  • Professionals, entrepreneurs and caregivers struggling with burnout 

  • Veterans suffering from PTSD, MST and substance abuse 

  • Refugees traumatized by war 

  • Adults and teens with depression, low self-esteem and other mental challenges

  • Students side-lined by stress and anxiety 

  • Individuals grieving a loss 

  • Artists of all modalities feeling stuck or blocked

  • Creative community-building for organizations

and more.

In 2014, I returned to my roots in Louisville, Kentucky, and created what is now called Arts4Evolution. I look forward to finding out how I can support you in turning your dreams into reality as you embrace your call to adventure in life!

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. —Madeleine L'Engle

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