From a young age, Diane has been passionate about helping others as well as the visual arts. When she discovered the world of Art Therapy, which essentially melds these two spheres, she knew that the field was destined as her career. Diane has received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an Art Therapy Specialization from Caldwell College, NJ. She also obtained a double B.A. in Psychology and Art History from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.
For the past seven years, Diane has been working as an Art Therapist and Mental Health Consultant with children of all ages among varied therapeutic settings. Some of the populations she has worked with include the following: autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorder, sensory processing disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, school and separation anxieties, depression, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, down’s syndrome, adoption and divorce, grief and bereavement, bipolar disorder, and a series of varied and / or co-occurring physical and cognitive concerns.
Due to her comprehensive experience with early childhood as well as children with special needs, Diane is knowledgeable in employing an extensive array of communication devices and ambulation equipment through physical, occupational, and speech therapies that support children with disabilities / disorders. She frequently assists teams of teachers/ therapists with problem-solving strategies for use in the home as well as the classroom.
Ms. Quiroga has developed and piloted Art Therapy Programs in a series of locations including:
▪ Early Head Start of East Orange (April 2010)
▪ Head Start of East Orange (April 2010)
▪ The Arc Kohler School in Mountainside (August 2010)
▪ Sensory Kids, LLC. Therapeutic Clinic/ Sensory Smart Art and Movement Summer Program (Summer 2009)
▪ Victorian Gardens Adult Day Center in Chatham (November 2009).
▪M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an Art Therapy Specialization (Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ)
▪B.A. in Psychology and Art History (La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA)
Diane is the Diversity Chair of the New Jersey Art Therapy Association as well as a member of the American Art Therapy Association. She has been personally noted in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association Article: Nelson, C. L. (2010, July 20). Meeting the needs of urban students: Creative arts therapy in Jersey City public schools. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 27(2), 62-68.
Diane is currently providing her services at the East Orange Child Development Corporation for all East Orange Early Head Start and Head Start Programs, at Sensory Kids, LLC in Jersey City, and as an Art Therapist at the Arc Kohler School in Mountainside. Her therapeutic space is located at 500 Morris Ave, Suite 105, Springfield, NJ 07081. She also has offices servicing the Livingston area. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (908)-397-9118 for an appointment or more information.