March 30, 2020 | Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC


What I do matters for my community

I wash my hands, for myself and others

We can get through this together

Teamwork makes the dream work

Together we protect each other

My actions matter, today and tomorrow

While socially distant, I am emotionally close

I use tech to reach out

I trust all will be well

My heart is heavy, my heart is full

I learn from tough times

I will do what I can and let the rest go

I have a right to say “no” to others

I have a right to care for my own needs

I can help myself and others

I will do my part

I celebrate the efforts of others

I notice the good

I care for myself and my community

My little losses are important too

It’s ok to grieve small losses

Grieving helps me know what really matters

Even in chaos, I can feel peaceful

Other people’s needs matter AND my needs matter

My needs matter AND other people’s needs matter

We are all in this together

My coping skills serve me well today

I exhale and release stress

I protect myself and those around me

I am grateful for the helpers

I help the helpers

In troubled times, I support solutions

I can make a difference

I am ready to lead in this moment

It’s a marathon, not a sprint; I’ve trained for this

We communicate to support each other

Even when overwhelmed, I notice the good

Laughter is the medicine I need

A smile is powerful medicine


Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC

Gioia is a registered and board-certified art therapist with twenty-five years of experience. She holds licenses as a Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) in Maryland and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in Virginia. Gioia completed award-winning original research on the expression of positive emotions through art. Gioia has written numerous articles and book chapters and presented on positive art therapy internationally and is on the faculty at George Washington University. With Rebecca Wilkinson, she is co-author of Positive Art Therapy Theory and Practice: Integrating Positive Psychology with Art Therapy. Professional Interests also include arts-based research and supervision and art therapy with military populations.