Wayne State University

Barbara McIntyre

Barbara  McIntyre
Art Therapist Adjunct Faculty
Traverse City Online Classes or NMC University Center
Office Hours: (231) 929-9427 (313) 577-5469 Before and after class.
(313) 577-5469
(313) 577-4091


Dr. McIntyre holds a Ph.D. in art therapy from the Union Institute, ATR-BC through the Art therapy credentialing board, and LPC through the State of Michigan.


Dr. McIntyre is a board certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor who has specialized in loss and grief issues. She started the first art therapy program in hospice care where she worked for 28 years. Dr. McIntyre is currently in private practice specializing in grief, trauma, PTSD and anxiety for children, teens and adults. Dr. McIntyre utilizes eco-art therapy and art therapy in her practice. She facilitates a grief support program at the Grand Traverse Children's garden each summer for families dealing with loss. She has published several articles on art therapy and grief and a children's book, Jungle Journey; grieving and remembering Eleanor the elephant. With over 25 years of art therapy experience, Dr. McIntyre has worked with many populations including, hospice, community mental health, special education, nursing homes and private practice.


  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Teacher Education
  • Art Therapy Education

Academic Interests

Dr. McIntyre holds interest and continues research in ecopsychology and applications in art therapy.

Area of Expertise

Dr. McIntyre has areas of expertise in art therapy and grief, ecopsychology and art therapy with children and adolescents.

Research Interests

Eco-Art therapy, Doll making in therapy, and children and grief are current research interests of Dr. McIntyre's.

Community Engagement Activities

Dr. McIntyre has been a volunteer with the Children's Garden Program of Traverse City for ten years. This involves developing gardening opportunities for youth and their families throughout the region. She is a member and volunteer of the Traverse City State Theatre. She is also an active volunteer for the Traverse City West Sr. High School Music Program.


Jungle journey; grieving and remembering Eleanor the elephant
McIntyre, B   2000 Jungle journey; grieving and remembering Eleanor the elephant
The use of creative art therapies for youth in crisis
McIntyre, B   1998 Synapse 44
Art therapy with bereaved children
McIntyre, B   1992 Caring magazine
An art therapy group for bereaved youth
McIntyre, B   1990 Caring magazine
Art therapy with bereaved youth
McIntyre, B   1990 The journal of palliative care, center for bio ethics 6(1)
Art therapy in hospice care
McIntyre, B   1988 Caring magazine