Jennifer Clay LMFT ATR-BC
Choctaw Artist and Art Therapist
Jennifer is the daughter of a boarding school survivor and both sides of her family are rooted in the red earth of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has worked as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist for over fifteen years.
Jennifer currently works as Assistant Director at San Diego State University’s Native Resource Center and firmly believes that art can be an effective change agent in community healing and societal change. At the core of her work between art and dialogue, Jennifer believes that addressing social justice
issues through art expression is most impactful when the artists and viewers are working together.
Her professional and artistic focus has always been directed at facilitating community conversations that fosters relationships, increases awareness and sustains empathy specifically
with underserved populations and Native communities in California, Oklahoma, and Hawaii.
Jennifer has focused her work with the Kumeyaay communities on both sides of the border, with graduate art therapy students in the bay area and Singapore, and in creating a welcoming space for Native SDSU students as they navigate a challenging educational system that does not support their intersecting identities.
Jennifer encourages expression with “found” or “eco-art” painting on rocks,
leaves, bark, sticks, and, of course, clay.