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Kay Adams

Kathleen Adams, LPC, is the director of the Center for Journal Therapy and the author/editor of 12 books in the therapeutic writing field, including the Journal to the Self and the textbook Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice. She also directs two online schools, the Therapeutic Writing Institute and Journalversity. Since 2002, she has been adjunct faculty at the Univ. of Denver, teaching writing and healing in the professional and creative writing MA program.

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Kamran Afary

Kamran Afary, PhD, RDT, is assistant professor of intersectional identities and relationships at Cal State LA. He received his PhD in performance studies and his drama therapy work includes working with students, adult ADHDs, and prisoners. Kamran is currently completing a co-authored book on performances about Iranian diaspora identities. He also co-wrote a chapter with Pam Dunne on narradrama.

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Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen, MS, ATR-BC, LMFT, is an art therapist, psychotherapist, and facilitator of various workshops that use her Art for Access process. She has taught workshops at Esalen and other Central CA locations. Jennifer has practiced and been a student of earth-based traditions and Shamanism (Andean Cosmology). She is the author of Bone Knowing: A True Story of Coming to Life in the Face of Impending Loss.

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Susan Anand

Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, joined the psychiatry faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center after receiving her master’s in art therapy from NYU. She has published accounts of her work with medically ill and psychiatric patients and is co-editor of the book, The Legacy of Edith Kramer. Susan facilitates art therapy groups for cancer patients and people with memory loss at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She conducts training workshops in the U.S., India, and other countries.

Paloma Andazola-Reza

Paloma Andazola-Reza, MSW, LSWAIC, is a clinical social worker with training and research in Community Centered Integrative Practice, multicultural mental health, and over 18 years’ experience in social services. She is the program manager of Pongo Teen Writing and Poetry Projects, a nonprofit in Seattle teaching poetry and offering mentorship to youth and adults in jails, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Paloma works with people who experience complex, interpersonal, social, systemic/institutional trauma, oppression, racial violence, traumatic stress, grief and loss. She is working on her certification in expressive arts therapy.

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Marion Anderson

Marion Anderson, PhD, CST-T, is a clinical psychologist, certified teaching member of STA/ISST, and a Jungian analyst with private practice in Santa Monica. She works with adults from different cultures in German, English, and Portuguese. Marion is on faculty of the Reiss Davis Graduate Center and the Reiss Davis Fellowship program, and teaches sandplay and Jungian theory internationally. For over 20 years, she has worked with groups in painting inner images of the psyche. Marion is a founding member of IBT-Sandplay in Brazil.

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Paige Asawa

Paige Asawa, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered art therapist, and director/faculty of the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic at Loyola Marymount Univ. She teaches the family art therapy courses at LMU. Paige mentors graduate student research projects and the clinical/research fellowships. She has developed seven art therapy programs that provide services for a range of populations from pregnant and parenting teens to homeless women veterans.

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Leslie Baker

Leslie Baker, MFT, NCC, RPT-S, is the owner/director of Therapy2Thrive™ Ruby Hill Marriage and Family Counseling Center, Inc. and a co-owner of Connecting to Play Therapy, an organization dedicated to training play therapists. She is a certified Gottman therapist and author of Healing Feelings: A Healing Story for Children Coping with an Adult’s Mental Illness. Leslie is co-owner of Academy for Play Therapy Training™, Inc., an organization dedicated to training play therapists. She is a local, national, and international speaker.

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Elizabeth Baring

Elizabeth Baring, MS, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCAT, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst, licensed creative art therapist, sandplay practitioner, and a Focusing oriented therapist. For 20 years she has had a private practice in NYC, working with children and adults by combining sandplay, creative arts therapy, and focusing with traditional psychotherapy. Elizabeth worked at Mt. Sinai, Silver Hill, and Stamford hospitals. She is on faculty and a supervisor at Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology.

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Megan Barr

Megan Barr, MA, ATR, has worked with children and teens in residential settings including violence shelters and probation placements for 25 years. A registered art therapist, she facilitates garden and pet therapy programs, as well. Megan also teaches yoga at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services.

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Lori Baudino

Lori Baudino, PsyD, BC-DMT, received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s in creative arts therapy-DMT. Through the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, she brought the first DMT programs to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and Children’s Hospital LA, where she provides bedside therapy to children. Lori has specialized in supervising and providing treatment for special needs children and their families. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals and at rehab centers for trauma, addiction, and pain management.

Jessica Bianchi
Jessica Bianchi, EdD, ATR, LMFT is a senior lecturer of studio arts and marital and family therapy at Loyola Marymount University. She also teaches at UCLA in the Visual and Performing Arts Education program and, for the past eight years, has been teaching their three course core sequence that aims to train students to become teaching artists. Jessica has over a decade of experience working with diverse populations including system-impacted youth, incarcerated mothers and their children, kindergarten through high school aged youth in school settings, teachers, and medical students. She works with adults and couples in private practice.
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Shemaya Blauer

Shemaya Blauer, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Portland, OR, where she works for a local hospice and has a private practice. She has taught touch drawing to professionals as a tool for self-discovery and self-care, to older adults for self-reflection and expression, and to families to support the grief process. Touch drawing provides a language when there are no words, gives form and comfort to visceral sensations, and is a vehicle for healing.

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Oceana Blueskyes

Oceana Miracle Blueskyes, LMFT, has a bachelor's in creative writing from Stanford and a master's in clinical art therapy/marriage and family therapy from Loyola Marymount. She completed Somatic Experiencing® training in 2014. In her private practice, Oceana offers art-making, ecotherapy, trauma-informed practices, and mind-body-spirit medicine. Throughout her career, she has facilitated collaborative therapeutic arts workshops for children with chronic illness and their families, at-risk youth, and in women's circles.

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Celia Bockhoff

Celia Bockhoff, MSW, SEP, LCSW, has over 29 years' experience as a somatic and vocal psychotherapist and workshop leader. Postgraduate training has included Ericksonian hypnotherapy and generative change, and certification as a somatic experiencing practitioner. After receiving teacher certification in the vocal approach “SpiritSong,” Celia wove all three healing paths into her creation of Essential Voice Psychotherapy™, and Seven Notes to Freedom™. She offers individual psychotherapy, mentoring, and workshops in her private practice and online.

Denise Boston

Denise Boston, PhD, RDT, is the dean of diversity and inclusion and expressive arts therapy professor at the CIIS. She has published on institution/community research-based partnerships, African American elders and hospice, and trauma-informed therapy. Denise has presented on collective trauma, narrative therapy, mental health disparities, and the role of arts-based research in social and organizational development. She has a master’s in counseling and psychology from Goddard College and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Walden Univ.

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Carolyn Braddock

Carolyn Braddock, MA, is a nationally and internationally known consultant, educator, trainer, and group facilitator who specializes in innovative approaches to managing stress and manifestations from trauma. These methods are based in the Braddock Body Process, and from her book Body Voices: Using the Power of Breath, Sound and Movement to Heal and Create New Boundaries.

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Thuy Bui, PhD, has over 20 years of experience as the executive and creative director of preschool and school-aged child care centers and enrichment programs. She has worked as a mental health professional at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and The Department of Children and Family Services Child Sexual Abuse Program, among others. A researcher on longterm mental health issues in young people, Dr. Bui is a co-author of a chapter in the APA publication, Culturally Informed Stress Assessments for Hispanics. Her clinical practice focuses on the treatment of early developmental attachment trauma and addiction issues in children, adolescents, and adults. She is the founder and executive director of Mindful Heart Kids in LA.

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Adrienne Carpenter

Adrienne Carpenter, MSOT, OTR/L, has a master’s in occupational therapy from the Univ. of New England. Her concentration throughout her career and graduate school was in mental health practice, taking every opportunity to support individuals within underrepresented populations. Adrienne works for New Vista Behavioral Health, where she is creating an occupational therapy program to support clients in recovery. She approaches groups from a sensory, CBT, and DBT perspective with emphasis on trauma informed interactions.

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Robert Carroll

Robert Carroll, MD, is a psychiatrist and poet. He has a family psychiatry practice, and is on the psychiatry faculty at UCLA. Robert has published many poems, stories, articles, and books in the poetry and psychiatric/medical literature. He is the author of Amazing Change: The Wisdom Illness, Death and Dying Provides. Robert has been vice president of the NAPT, and has produced yearly NAPT conferences on the healing powers of poetry at Hebrew Union College. He has read his poetry nationally and was a member of the Los Angeles Performance Poetry Slam Team.

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Kathy Cass

Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, C-IAYT, CAHC, AYT , is a board certified dance/movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, certified yoga therapist, ayurvedic health counselor and ayurvedic yoga therapist with over 30 years of instructional and clinical experience. She is an adjunct professor at El Camino Community College and Santa Monica College Emeritus Division.  Kathy is advisor/core faculty for the UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate program and faculty member of the Southern California Drama Therapy Center.  Kathy has co-written the manual, Dance For All, and maintains a private ayurvedic yoga therapy practice in Santa Monica.  

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David Wesley Chester

David Wesley “Wes” Chester, MA, CAGS, is a musician, poet, artist, and author, and has worked as an expressive arts therapist in lock-ward hospitals, day programs, clubhouse settings, and private practice since 1996. He earned his master’s in expressive arts therapy at the European Graduate School and completed his CAGS in 2007. Wes specializes in healing the aesthetic relationship to nature. He teaches at the Expressive Arts Institute and the European Graduate School. Since 2008, Wes has curated the Martha Pace Swift Gallery, which focuses on art that addresses the human condition.

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Deborah Cluff

Deborah Cluff, PhD, is a depth psychologist whose interests include how minds and bodies play and how shame impacts self-expression. She is certified in creativity and the unconscious by the Assisi Institute, and is the creator of integrative photography, which uses photographs as the medium for communication. Deborah studied art history at the Sorbonne Paris, has a master's in clinical psychology, and a doctorate in depth psychotherapy. Her new book is Shame and the Making of Art.

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Ernesto Colín

Ernesto Colín is a visual artist, Aztec dancer, and associate professor in the Department of Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University. He holds undergraduate degrees in Chicana/o studies and Spanish, and a master's in secondary education. Ernesto received his PhD in anthropology of education from Stanford. His research interests include indigenous education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and teacher education. Ernesto's latest book, Indigenous Education through Dance and Ceremony, is a long-term ethnography of an Aztec dance group in California.

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Cynthia Costas-Cohen

Cynthia Costas-Cohen, MA, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified in clinical hypnosis and EMDR. She is the director of training at the Antioch Univ. Counseling Center. Cynthia teaches and serves as president of the board for the Trauma Resource Institute, which provides training in the treatment of trauma using an integrative mind-body somatic approach. In the past several years, her work with the organization has taken her to Mexico, Guatemala, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Nepal on humanitarian projects.

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Amber Cromwell

Amber L. Cromwell, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a board-certified art therapist, arts educator, and mental health advocate. She is most passionate about her work in community spaces, bringing people together for collaborative art making, influencing matters of social justice, and offering opportunities for positive self-expression. Amber has a private practice in Playa Vista and provides art therapy groups in LAUSD Schools with Cedars-Sinai Share & Care.

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Mary Ruth Cross

Mary Ruth Cross, RPT-S, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and counselor educator for over 23 years. She is director of Treehouse Family Counseling Services and is a registered play therapist supervisor. Mary Ruth is a co-owner of the Academy for Play Therapy Training™, Inc., an organization dedicated to training play therapists. She is a local, national, and international speaker.

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Katrina Curry

Katrina Curry, MA, DVATI, RYT, LMFT, is a somatic and arts-based psychotherapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified art therapist, registered yoga teacher, certified sensorimotor psychotherapist - advanced practitioner, and a certified conscious dance teacher. She practices experiential, creative approaches to healing with clients across the age spectrum. Katrina's practice focuses on helping people who are recovering from traumatic experiences and complex developmental trauma. She weaves somatic inquiry, creative arts, play, and improvisational movement with her training in sensorimotor psychotherapy, EMDR, and sandtray.

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Erica Curtis

Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a consultant, writer, and educator on integrative approaches to mental, emotional, and relational health. She is an instructor for UCLArts and Healing, admissions consultant and former instructor at Loyola Marymount, consultant for the Board of Behavioral Sciences, past president of the S. CA Art Therapy Assn., and past director on the Board of the American Art Therapy Assn. Erica is the author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successfully Kids through Art, to be released by Ohio Univ. Press in spring 2019.

Elizabeth Dewjee

Elizabeth Dewjee, MA, ATR-BC, works as a creative arts therapist on three inpatient psychiatry units at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ. She facilitates groups and individual sessions for adolescents living in their residential unit part-time. Elizabeth is one of the founding members and part of the clinical team for Arts Unchained, a sub-committee of FNE International, an organization that collaboratively develops and implements creative arts therapy experiences for communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. She is the sites logistical coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC.

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Pam Dunne

Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT, is a clinical psychologist, registered drama therapist, board-certified trainer, professor emerita at CSULA, and executive director of the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and of the Creative Therapies Center. She is a past president of the NADTA and founding member of its board of examiners. In 2014, Pam was honored to receive the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to education in the field of drama therapy, and in 2016, she received the Gertrud Schattner Award in recognition of distinguished contribution to the field of drama therapy in education, publication, practice, and service.

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Judith Essex

Judith Greer Essex, PhD, REAT, is a licensed marriage family therapist, a registered expressive arts therapist, and Academy of Dance Therapists registered practitioner. She is a pioneer in the art-based therapy movement, and respected as an expert in the role of the body and expression in psychological integration. Judith founded the Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2018. She teaches at several local universities, and is a professor in expressive arts teaching the advanced theory and advanced methods courses at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

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Diana Feldman

Diana Feldman, LCAT, RDT, is the founder and CEO of ENACT, Inc. ( that has brought social and emotional education through interactive theater and drama therapy techniques to hundreds of NYC schools for over 30 years. A frequent presenter at national Arts in Education and Mental Health conferences, she is a drama therapist and author. Diana has worked on developing original theater pieces that have run at the acclaimed Lortell Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, and the Tribecca Performing Arts Center in NYC. She is also a published songwriter.

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John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald, BFA, is the manager of recreational music activities for Remo, Inc., and an organizational coach and facilitator. He is a graduate of Village Music Circles, HealthRHYTHMS, and Beat the Odds facilitator trainings, Newfield Network’s coach training, and Strozzi Institute’s leadership in action program. John is also a certified Village Music Circle Global trainer. He has traveled extensively, training and presenting programs in over a dozen countries, and designed and presented programs for a wide range of populations and organizations, including Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and USC.

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Sarah Fitzsimmons

Sarah Fitzsimmons, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a board-certified art therapist. She is a part-time faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, has a private practice in Westwood, CA, and runs art therapy groups in substance abuse recovery. Sarah's involvement as a founding member of the Westside Threshold Choir brings her connection and community with other singers and a profound engagement in issues of grief and loss.

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Michael Franklin

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is chair of the graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy program at Naropa University and founder of the Naropa Community Art Studio. His past articles have focused on aesthetics, self-esteem, AIDs iconography, interpretive strategies, arts-based research, and art-based methods. His current research addresses art therapy education, social-engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation. This investigation has culminated in the recent publication of: Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the SELF.

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Lorraine Freedle

Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T, is a pediatric neuropsychologist, international sandplay therapy teacher, and trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. She is the clinical director of Pacific Quest, a holistic outdoor behavioral health program in Hilo, Hawaii, where she also maintains a private practice. Lorraine is on faculty at Southwestern College, has published journal articles and book chapters, and has researched sandplay therapy with adults with traumatic brain injury and youth with co-occurring trauma and addiction. She currently serves as research editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Kimberly Freesh

Kimberly Freesh, CYT, CYTT, is a somatic yoga teacher, yoga therapist, Ayurvedic health practitioner, and ballroom/free form dancer. She specializes in Viniyoga. For several years, Kimberly offered gentle/chair yoga classes at Northridge Hospital, Annie's Yoga Studio, the YMCA, and at Bridges Academy. She opened Out Back Yoga Integrative Healing Arts Center, where she encourages students to find better ways to live with rather than against their true nature.

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Ziska Garcia

Ziska Garcia, PsyD, is a psychologist and yoga instructor, working with diverse rural patients impacted by economic imperialism and compound trauma. Specializing in pediatric and women’s health, she developed integrative mental health services and a training program. Ziska completed her postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF Children's Hospital, Oakland, working inpatient and in psychiatric crisis, and a predoctoral internship at the UCSF Infant-Parent Program. She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute and a bachelor's in women’s studies and education at UCLA.

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Kate Richards Geller

Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, received a master’s in music therapy from NYU. Her training includes medical music therapy in pediatrics, neurology, oncology, along with voicework and improvisation. Kate has worked in medical settings, schools, and community centers, providing services to individuals and groups, with the primary goal of improving the quality of life through live, interactive music making. Her program, Sing for Yourself, demonstrates how a regular singing practice can create meaningful and lasting change in individuals and communities.

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Lani Gerity

Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR, holds a doctorate from NYU in art therapy. She has been practicing art therapy since 1980, with an emphasis on dissociative identity disorder and puppet-making. Lani is the author of Creativity and the Dissociative Patient, and editor of Edith Kramer's collection of papers, Art as Therapy, along with various journal articles and chapters in other books. Together with Susan Anand, she edited The Legacy of Edith Kramer.

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Adrienne Glasser

Adrienne Glasser, RDMT, LCSW, IFS coach, is the creator of Present Moment Transformational Workshops and founder of Present Moment Psychotherapy and Coaching. Both practices combine IFS parts-work and meditation-with the creative arts. Her work is devoted to making creative parts-work, IFS, and meditation practices-available to everyone, but particularly artists, families, and those impacted by addictions. Adrienne also helps healers to find their inner creative SELF.

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold, MA, is the founder of the award-winning Pongo Poetry Project in Seattle, and the author of Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method. Pongo is a 23-year-old nonprofit that teaches and mentors personal poetry by youth and adults who have had terrible experiences, such as childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. To accomplish its goals, Pongo runs writing programs inside detention centers, homeless shelters, and other sites where trauma is a consistent theme among the residents.

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Maria Gonzalez-Blue

Maria Gonzalez-Blue, MA, REAT, REACE, is a registered expressive arts therapist and consultant/educator. She was a core faculty member at the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for 12 years alongside Natalie Rogers. Maria has been adjunct faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College for 30 years where she teaches creative processes for personal growth. As an IEATA board member, she drafted the first international registration procedures for expressive arts consultants/educators. With roots in Mexico, she is bilingual and has taught internationally, including Mexico, Guatemala, and Argentina.

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Paris Goodyear-Brown

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, is the creator of TraumaPlaySM, the clinical director of Nurture House, and an international speaker. She is an adjunct instructor of psychiatric mental health at Vanderbilt University and guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee. Paris has served as the executive director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center, is a TNAPT board member, and an EMDRIA certified therapist. She is a supervisor, organizational consultant, and the author of books, chapters, and articles.

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David Gordon

David S. Gordon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. An associate clinical professor in psychiatry at UCLA, he supervises residents, teaches a class in guided imagery techniques, and consults in the School of Medicine. David has been a member of the teaching faculty of the S. California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and has presented for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He teaches workshops for clinicians of all levels in clinical hypnosis. A board member of the Los Angeles Society for Clinical Psychologists for many years, David also served as its president.

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Akuyoe Graham

Akuyoe Graham is an award-winning actor/author/educator, and the founder and executive director of Spirit Awakening Foundation, an arts nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youth and children in the juvenile justice system realize their spiritual identity.

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Amber Elizabeth Gray

Amber Elizabeth Gray, MA, MPH, BC-DMT, SEP, specializes in the use of dance movement therapy with survivors of trauma. She has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies. Amber developed a clinical approach (Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) for somatic, mindfulness, movement, and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts. Her two most recent publications with Stephen Porges are based on their collaboration, Polyvagal informed dance movement therapy.

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Carrie Gray

Carrie Gray, MA, LMFT, is a somatic psychotherapist whose teachings focus on embodying presence. She combines decades of practice of Breema's 'art of being present' with approaches such as Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, the intersection of psychology, consciousness, presence, and the body from a variety of angles and disciplines. Carrie is in private practice, is a practitioner at the holistic clinic Greeting Health in North Oakland, CA, and is an adjunct professor in somatic psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Cynthia Anne Hale

Cynthia Anne Hale, PhD, LCSW, has led embodied imagination dream groups for therapists online and in person, and taught the approach when she served as core professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She presents seminars on her book, The Red Place: Transforming Past Traumas through Relationships to Jungian groups in England as well as the U.S. and Canada. Her private practice in depth psychology is now primarily with long distance clients through live webcam.

Bonnie Harnden

Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT, is a professor in the creative arts therapies program at Concordia University in Canada. Her research focuses on performance, trauma, and the nervous system, and she is currently adapting a play to film, based on her work in acute emergency settings with traumatized children and their families. Bonnie holds a research grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Quebec Ministry of Economics and Innovation.

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Noah Hass-Cohen

Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC, is a professor at the School of Professional Psychology, couples and family programs at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. She has published articles, chapters, and books on art therapy relational neuroscience, and is a national and international presenter. With over 30 years of clinical practice, Noah specializes in the treatment of trauma and loss.

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Aleta Hayes

Aleta Hayes, MFA, is a singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, and lecturer in contemporary dance/performance at Stanford. She has a master's in dance/choreography from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Aleta taught at Wesleyan, Swarthmore, Rutgers, and Princeton. She created "The Wedding Project," a performance piece of multiple genres illustrating the evolution of American social dance through the narrative of African American wedding traditions. Aleta developed Liquid Flow, a movement philosophy, improvisational technique class, and compositional workshop.

Rebekka Helford

Rebekka Helford, MA, LMFT, has worked with children and their families in creative capacities, both therapeutic and recreational, for over 15 years. In addition to working intensively with parents in and out of the home via her Los Angeles-based private practice, and facilitating psychoeducational parent-toddler classes, Rebekka trains interns in Mindful Parenting groups. She also leads groups at the Well Baby Center in Los Angeles. An avid musician and performer, Rebekka offers a variety of experiential trainings using improvisational theater games to help parents, educators, and clinicians cultivate presence, spontaneity, connection, and flow. 

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Cristina Hernandez
Cristina Hernandez hails from the Dominican Republic and was raised in the South Bronx. She has been with Enact for over fifteen years and has taught in all five boroughs of New York City. She is currently a site dDirector in a middle school in the Bronx. 
Ping Ho

Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is founder/director of UCLArts and Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping was founding administrator and is a steering committee member. She was also founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. Ping has a bachelor's in psychology from Stanford, a master's in counseling psychology from the Univ. of CA, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in community health sciences from UCLA School of Public Health. She is co-author, with Erica Curtis, of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art (Ohio University/Swallow Press, March 2019).

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Jennifer Hoit

Jenny Hoit, LMFT, ATR, has been involved in the LA community mental health sector for 11 years in various roles from therapist to educator and administrator. Her current focus is to help prepare and support community healers in their challenging and chaotic roles by offering spaces to explore, question, and create possibilities out of problems around complex issues, such as trauma, resiliency, cultural diversity, equity, teamwork, supervision/leadership, and communication. Jenny also continues her own clinical practice, integrating art, mindfulness, and somatic work.

Lisa Hope

Lisa Hope, ATR-BC, LADC, LCAT, MAC, CASAC, CRPA, RCP, is a licensed board-certified art therapist and recovery coach. She is an addictions counselor, credentialed in counseling, coaching, and recovery peer advocacy for substance use disorders. Lisa has a private practice and works with psychotic, mood, and eating disorders in the adult partial hospitalization program at NY Presbyterian. She provides substance use education at hospitals, non-profits, and juvenile placement facilities. Lisa's recent non-profit venture is as co-founder of Friends of Recovery-Westchester.

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Chelsea Horton

Chelsea Horton, MA, R-DMT, is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago's dance/movement therapy and counseling program and is a registered dance/movement therapist. She believes that creativity is paramount to the healing process, and she helps individuals to illuminate their own healing potential through creative movement and mind/body integration. Chelsea's clinical experience with DMT includes child and adult survivors of sexual trauma, adults with developmental disabilities, and individuals with schizophrenia, PTSD, substance addiction, depression, anxiety, and suicidality.

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Karen Howard

Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP, is a registered music therapist, a certified Autism movement therapy provider, and founder of Music & Expressive Therapy Associates. She especially works with special needs and drug rehab. Karen was part of the HBO documentary, "Autism: The Musical." which featured her song, "Everyday Miracles." She has collaborated on over 20 original musicals for children/teens on the Autism spectrum. Karen has degrees in music therapy, piano performance, psychology, and teaching.

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Aimee Levine-Dickman

Aimee Levine-Dickman, MA, OTR/L, SEP, is an occupational therapist and a somatic experiencing practitioner. She works at The Camden Center Dual Diagnosis PHP/IOP and in private practice in Los Angeles. She created the Trauma Informed Care Sensory Program at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Aimee's background as a bodyworker and yoga instructor (25 years), as well as an early career as a Broadway dancer, influences her work. She presents nationally and internationally on sensory and trauma informed practices.

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Gabrielle Kaufman

Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor. She is the director of training for Maternal Mental Health NOW, on the faculty of the UCLArts and Healing Social and Emotional Arts Program, 2020 Mom, and serves as Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Gabrielle has a bilingual private practice, using both movement and verbal interventions. She has published numerous articles on parenting, dance/movement therapy, postpartum depression, and edited the book, Bringing Light to Motherhood.

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Adama Jewel Jackson is the Director of African Soul International in Los Angeles, an arts and culture organization that she founded in Cleveland, to provide activities to keep youth engaged, inspired, and off the streets. Recognized as a Master Artist by the Ohio Arts Council and the Alliance of Traditional Cultural Artists of California, Dr. Jewel has spent nearly 30 years studying the traditional arts of Africa. An international trainer, she works extensively with Master Artists of Ballets Africains of Guinea as well as Ballets National du Senegal. In 2014, she received recognition as the choreographer for Say Yes, video of the year, featuring Beyonce and Michelle Williams. A professor of traditional African dance and hip-hop at the University of California in Irvine and the University of LaVerne, she also teaches African drumming throughout Southern California as a member of the Artists-In-Corrections program of the California Arts Council.
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Louvenia Jackson

Louvenia Jackson, PhD, ATR, MFT, assistant professor at Loyola Marymount marital family therapy/art therapy, received her PhD in art therapy psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University. She is featured in the research book Emerging Perspectives in Art Therapy, in the co-edited chapter “Wisdom Through Diversity in Art Therapy,” focusing on cultural humility and competence in art therapy. Louvenia was recently elected to the American Art Therapy Association's Board of Directors. Her focus is on community-based art therapy practice and research in addressing social justice considerations in art therapy education.

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Jeffrey Jamerson

Jeffrey Jamerson, MA, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in the public sector. He has served at-risk youth in various capacities, most recently as the vice president of programs and services at Aviva Family and Children Services in Los Angeles. Hoping to create a shift in how therapy is conducted with foster children, Jeffrey has integrated narrative and expressive arts modalities with digital media art, which he calls "Expressive Remix Therapy."

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Patricia Jauchler

Trisha Jauchler, MA, MS, RDT/BCT, CT, CBF, CDP, is a registered drama therapist, certified thanatologist, death doula, trained bereavement facilitator, and certified dementia practitioner. Specializing in the use of drama therapy in thanatology (the field of death and bereavement education and counseling), she has presented workshops and seminars throughout the U.S. on drama therapy, grief, death and dying, and is a member of the faculty at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. Trisha is the founder and director of On Bright Wings End of Life Services.

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Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson, MD, trained in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. She served as faculty at the University of Colorado, in a family medicine clinic that integrated mental health services, and has worked in refugee clinics in the US and Ethiopia. Dr. Johnson has taught Breema internationally since 2003, using Breema‘s universal principles to support increasing harmony in mind, body and feelings. In addition to her clinical practice in integrative medicine, she maintains an active teaching career, and develops wellness programs for healthcare professionals.

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR, is an art therapist and licensed psychologist with 25 years' experience working in psychiatric and medical facilities. She is a psychologist at the Everett Clinic, where she provides therapy, psychological evaluation, and neuropsychological testing. Kathryn is medical director of psychosocial services at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. She taught art therapy assessment, research methods, and ethics at Antioch University Seattle for 10 years. Kathryn is also a Diagnostic Drawing Series teaching associate, providing training and overseeing research.

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Diana Jordan

Diana Elizabeth Jordan, MFA/OTA, is an actor, speaker, expressive arts facilitator, and artist educator. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, and stars in the feature horror film, "The Edge of Isolation." Diana was the first actress with a disability to graduate with an MFA in acting from CA State University-Long Beach. She has a certificate in social emotional arts from UCLA and is studying drama therapy at the Drama Therapy Institute. Diana created The Rainbow Butterfly Café, where she offers one-person shows, performance lectures, and expressive arts workshops.,

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Laura Kanofsky

Laura Kanofsky, MT-BC, LCSW, is a board-certified music therapist and licensed clinical social worker. She has worked extensively across mental health and older adult settings as a clinician and clinical trainer/supervisor. Laura works in private practice in Santa Monica, and was the founding music director of the Los Angeles Westside chapter of Threshold Choir. She is also a social worker, music therapist and bereavement counselor with Tranquil Care Hospice.

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Jill Kaplan

Jill Kaplan, MA, MFT, is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is a founding member and past president of the N. California Regional Sandplay Society, and is the book reviews editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy (where she has also published articles). Jill has been on the board of trustees of STA since 2008, and currently serves as past president. She has a private practice in San Jose, CA, where she specializes in child therapy.

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Birgitta Kastenbaum

Birgitta Kastenbaum is an Essential Oils and AromaTouch Technique Practitioner, professional life coach, End of Life Guide/Death Doula, educator, and healer. She facilitates workshops, retreats, and classes in the US and abroad about working with essential oils, Sacred Tending℠, Conscious Living and Dying, and hosts monthly women's circles. Birgitta is the founder of Bridging Transitions, located in Los Angeles.

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Neal King

Neal King, LCSW, has a master's in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker with training in hypnotherapy, sandtray therapy, and EMDR. He is founder of King Motivates, where he developed programs including weight loss and smoke cessation. Neal uses comedy improv in his practice to treat social anxiety disorder, finding that group cohesiveness and gentle improv direction assists clients to feel at ease in what usually would be highly anxiety-provoking situations.

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Pamela King

Pamela King, LMFT, is a solution-focused practitioner, international speaker, author, and trainer. She has over 25 years' experience in various settings, including domestic violence treatment programs, public schools, as adjunct university faculty, and in private practice. Pam has designed treatment programs with adults, teens, children and families. She has specialized training in play therapy, trauma, family violence, and life and business coaching. Pam has a bachelor’s in theatre arts and a master’s in family and human development from Utah State. She is the author of Tools for Effective Therapy with Children and Families: A Solution-Focused Approach.

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Kat Kirby

Kathryn (Kat) Kirby, MEd, ATR-BC, retired, has been a board-certified art therapist since 1978, after graduating from Lesley University. She has had a private therapy practice, and has taught art therapy and expressive art therapy classes at UCSD and Prescott College. Kat has been practicing SoulCollage® since 2005, and is one of 14 SoulCollage® facilitator trainers around the world. She created the CD 'SoulCollage® and Art Therapy' for SoulCollage®, Inc.

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Deborah Koff-Chapin

Deborah Koff-Chapin, BFA, is an artist, educator, author, and vocalist. She has been developing Touch Drawing since 1974, and has taught and presented at numerous graduate programs and conferences. Deborah is creator of SoulCards 1 & 2 and SoulTouch Coloring Journals. She is author of Drawing Out Your Soul and The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook. She has contributed chapters to The Art of Grief and Art Therapy in Healthcare. Deborah has served on the board of the IEATA and is founding director of the Center for Touch Drawing.

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Peggy Kolodny

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, has a master’s in art therapy from GWU. She has Level 2 certificates in EMDR and IFS. Specializing in trauma-focused art therapy in private practice, Peggy is adjunct faculty for the Univ. of MD School of Social Work, and the workshop faculties of the Ferentz Institute Trauma Certificate Program and Chesapeake Professional Seminars. Past positions include vice president of the MD Chapter of the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children and president of the MD Art Therapy Assn. Past faculties include Goucher College and the MD Institute College of Art.

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Summer Lall

Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and HeartMath-certified trainer. She obtained her music therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in 2008, and is the founder of CradleSong Birthing and Rhythm & Truth. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice, and hospitals. Music has taken her to over 20 countries, including Kenya, Vietnam, Jamaica, and Brazil. Summer is also a performer, songwriter, producer, and co-founder of the LA-based band, PWR CPL.

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Marise Lariviere

Marise Lariviere, MA, LMFT, ATR, graduated from Notre-Dame De Namur and has completed her clinical training at Keck Medicine of USC. Trained in neuropsychology, she specializes in somatic, dissociative, conversion, and functional neurologic disorders. Marise practices psychotherapy at Silverlake Psychology (Los Angeles) and facilitates therapeutic art groups. Her work includes trauma-informed, somatic, and experiential approaches, including mindfulness, creative arts, and Focusing. Marise is also a certified Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) practitioner.

Jennifer Lefebre

Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed child psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and adjunct faculty at several universities, where she teaches and serves as a supervisor. She is a certified TF-CBT therapist, and is completing EMDR certification. Jennifer has over 15 years' experience with trauma, attachment, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also a Reiki Master and a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor.

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Paul Lesnik

Paul Lesnik, LCSW, TEP, is a board-certified psychodramatist and expressive arts therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA and West Palm Beach, FL. He has developed expressive arts programming in mental health facilities, schools, social service agencies, and treatment facilities across the country. Paul taught in university settings, conducts an ongoing psychodrama training group, and has presented nationally on the expressive therapies and psychodrama.

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Danielle Levanas

Danielle Levanas, MA, LCAT, RDT, is a licensed creative arts therapist and registered drama therapist. She has a master's from NYU and has worked in many settings, including forensic psychiatry and addiction treatment. Danielle has an advanced certification from the International Trauma Studies Program, and has studied with the DvT Institute East. She has led workshops with the NADTA and the International Playback Theatre Network. Danielle runs a private practice and teaches at the Drama Therapy Institute and the SoCal Drama Therapy Centre.

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Judy Leventhal

Judy Leventhal, LCSW, is a visual artist, author, art therapist, and licensed clinical social worker. She has over 20 years of service as an artist-in-residence serving children and youth of diverse cultures, academic abilities, and learning strengths. Judy is currently serving as artist-in-residence at New Directions for Youth Inc. in Los Angeles. She has received a number of grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs and recently was presented with a certificate of recognition from the city for her Mask Making Adventures Program.

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Marcia Leventhal

Marcia B. Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, founding professor/director, graduate dance movement therapy, NYU. Founder and director of dance therapy programs in Australia (IDTIA), Argentina, Japan, Greece, UK (Roehampton, Froebel College), China, and Turkey (co-founder, co-director, International Institute for Advanced Training in Dance Therapy and Whole Person Psychology-The Art of Embodiment). Training in alternative healing practices worldwide and former professional performer. Marian Chace Honoree and keynote speaker, ADTA, NYC Board of Education Honoree for work with autistic children and families.

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Debra Linesch

Debra Linesch, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, is a professor in MFT at Loyola Marymount and the founder/interim director of the Art Therapy Research Institute. She is the author of five books, Adolescent Art Therapy, Art Therapy with Families in Crisis, Celebrating Family Milestones through Art Making, Panim el Panim: Facing Genesis, and Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy. Debra developed the Art Therapy in Mexico collaboration with Universidad Iberoamericana, an intercultural training and service endeavor and is interested in nontraditional, nonclinical settings for engagement in expanded expressive practices.

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Jennie Linthorst

Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF, is a poet, expressive writing teacher, and founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. She has taught expressive writing workshops at UC Irvine Ext., the Univ. of Santa Monica, and the Nat'l Assn for Poetry Therapy. Jennie has facilitated adult writing groups and original curriculum for private clients. She has a bachelor's in psychology from Skidmore and coordinated artist-in-residency programs for Leap...imagination in learning. Jennie is a certified applied poetry facilitator and has a master's in spiritual psychology from the Univ. of Santa Monica. She wrote two books of poetry: Silver Girl and Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope.

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Sana Loue

Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH, MSSA, MA, LISW, CST-T, AVT, is a certified sandplay therapist and teaching member of STA and ISST. She is vice dean for faculty development and diversity at Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and professor of bioethics, psychiatry, and global health at the School of Medicine. She is also a professor at the Social Work. Sana holds degrees in law, epidemiology, medical anthropology, social work, education, public health, and theology. Her domestic and international research has focused on HIV risk and prevention, mental illness, family violence, and research ethics. Sana has authored/edited over 30 books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Darcy Lubbers

Darcy Lubbers, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, has 30 years’ experience as an MFT, clinical art therapist, and somatic therapist. Her treatment specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, family/personal illness, bereavement, and marriage and relationship issues. Darcy has trained in somatic psychology, somatic experiencing, focusing, hypnosis, guided imagery, equine therapy, structural bodywork, yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic medicine. She has a background in teaching and student training, and has consulted for hospitals and treatment centers. Publishing credits include Adult Art Psychotherapy: Issues and Applications.

Heather Lyle

Heather Lyle, BM, MM, FV, ERYT, CHt, NCVS vocologist, is a voice and yoga teacher in private practice. She is a certified vocologist, certified yoga teacher, and an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. She is the author of Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing, and Sounding and the creator of “The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method®.” Heather created Vocal Yoga, a somatic sound healing work that synthesizes techniques from yoga, Pranayama, Alexander technique, physical therapy, Roy Hart, the Bel Canto School of Singing, Qi Gong, kirtan chanting, primal voice work, circle singing, and voice science.

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Adriana Marchione

Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT, is a registered expressive arts therapist and registered somatic movement therapist, with a master's in psychology. She has over 25 years' experience as a visual artist, movement educator, Argentine tango dancer, arts curator, and filmmaker. Adriana teaches internationally and at both the Tamalpa Institute and WHEAT Institute, and maintains an expressive arts practice focused on addiction, trauma, and grief. She is currently directing "The Creative High," a documentary film focused on artists who have faced addiction.

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Alexis Maron

Alexis Maron, MA, RDT, is a drama therapist specializing in relationships, family dynamics, and sexual and chemical addictions. She has a bachelor's in theatre from UCLA, and a master's in drama therapy from NYU. Alexis has worked with high school children, mentally disordered homeless adults, and the aged and infirm at a nursing home/rehab facility. She recently developed a drama therapy class for seniors at a performing arts school. Currently, Alexis facilitates a social skills group for adults with Down Syndrome and leads psychodrama/drama therapy groups at treatment centers.

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Erika Mayer

Erika Mayer, LCAT, ATR-BC, works as a creative arts therapist at a child and adolescent outpatient clinic at BronxCare Hospital Center. She facilitates group and individual sessions with clients ages 5-17. Erika also has extensive experience working with adults with serious mental illness in inpatient and outpatient settings. She is the site coordinator for The Expressive Therapies Summit NYC, a Reiki Master, and has completed her 200-hour Yoga teacher training. In Erika's spare time, Erika enjoys teaching others how to paint at Muse Paint Bar.

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Salicia Mazero

Salicia Mazero, MA, ATR, LPC, received a bachelor's in art and psychology from Millersville University and a master's in art therapy from Drexel University. She has treated eating disorders, trauma, dissociation, self-injury, anxiety, and depression. Salicia is trained in Internal Family Systems and EMDR. Her treatment approach is a combination of attachment-based theories, trauma focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

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Marilyn McLaughlin

Marilyn McLaughlin, MFA, RSMT, is an arts and wellness educator, somatic/expressive movement specialist, fitness specialist, and a Unified Mindfulness Level2 Coach. She has a BFA in dance from the Univ. of Utah and an MFA in acting and performance from UCLA. Marilyn's postgraduate work has included Laban Movement Analysis, St. John Neuromuscular Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Fall Risk Reduction, Senior Fitness Interactive Group Drum Facilitation, and Mindfulness. She is the creator of All Bodies Dance, Drumming Into Stillness, and Rhythmic Play for Memory and Mobility: Enhancing Quality of Life, in collaboration with UCLA Arts and Healing.

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Doreen Meister

Doreen Meister, MA, LMFT, is a certified Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) practitioner and licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in creative arts expression, existential contemplative psychotherapy, mindfulness, and developmental trauma. She has a private practice and facilitates art therapy groups at Bayside Marin, a dual-diagnosis residential treatment center. Doreen's specialty areas of training include: FOAT®, guided imagery, somatic touch for resilience and regulation, self-inquiry, and existential humanistic contemplative psychotherapy.

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Einat Metzl

Einat Metzl, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marital and family therapist and a registered art therapist. She has a private practice and is the chair of Loyola Marymount’s graduate marital family therapy/art therapy program. Einat's previous work explored the interwoven and collective knowledge of wellness connected to art therapy, sex therapy, disaster mental health, resilience, play therapy, intergenerational trauma, leadership and diversity, couples' therapy, and coping with loss. She is currently focusing on art therapy with couples (scholarly) and the utilization of art tools to face existential questions arising from loss (writing and art).

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in creating immersive music for meditation and relaxation.  He has studied with the world's top sound healers, incorporating ancient wisdom from India, Cuba, Indonesia, Poland, and Africa.  Joshua lives in Northern California.

Anne Mills

Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT, is director of the Diagnostic Drawing Series Archive and owner of Art Therapy Services. In private practice for 25+ years, her specializations include the treatment of survivors of severe early trauma who are highly dissociative. Anne provides resiliency-focused treatment for adolescents and adults who have experienced difficult transitions such as illness, bereavement, and loss of culture (refugees, international students). She was art therapy director at GWU, and has published on assessment and trauma treatment.

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Edna Miron-Wapner

Edna Miron-Wapner, CAGS, MA, an artist with specialties in printmaking, Sumi-e painting, calligraphy, and papermaking, she has exhibited her work over the past 35 years in the U.S., Israel, Europe, Russia, and Japan. As an expressive arts educator, Edna created a course called 'Expressive Kavannah,' which uses an intermodal model to explore identity through the arts. She is the founder of two studios in Jerusalem: Studio Spiral, an intermodal Children's Creativity Center; and Studio Indigo, an Adult Expressive Arts Center. Edna has been artist-in-residence and educator at institutes, schools, and communities in the U.S., Israel, and Great Britain.

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Gita Morena

Gita Morena, PhD, LMFT, is a teaching member of ISST/STA (CST-T), co-founder of STA's Sandplay Therapy Institute, and a research editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, where she has also published many articles. She is inter­ested in the mind-body-spirit connection, and incorporates a Jungian orientation and Buddhist perspective. In Gita's book, The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, she sheds light on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a tale of individuation and spiritual awak­ening. She is a co-editor and/or contributing author of Living the Tides of Uncertainty, and Supervision of Sandplay Therapy.

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Malissa Morrell

Malissa Morrell, MA, ATR-BC, MFT, is an art therapist with over 15 years of experience working with a variety of populations and settings. In addition to her clinical work, she also teaches at the University of Utah and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and serves on the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

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Andrew Newberg

Andrew B. Newberg, MD, is the assoc. director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and Hospital. He is also a professor in emergency medicine and radiology at TJU and adjunct professor in psychology at the Univ. of PA. Andrew has studied mystical and religious experiences ("neurotheology”) and the mind/body relationship, including understanding the physiological correlates of acupuncture, meditation, and other alternative therapies. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences.

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Lynn Overvoorde

Lynn Overvoorde, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and provides school-based mental health services in a pre-K to grade 12 school in St. Paul, MN. She is co-owner of Twin Cities Counseling Co-op and has over 20 years' experience working in mental health agencies and public schools. Lynn works with children who have experienced trauma and disrupted attachment. She uses sandplay therapy, “In Touch Again” attachment repair strategies, and is certified in trauma focused attachment based therapy. Lynn is an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s Univ. and serves on the board of directors for the MN Sandplay Therapy Group.

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Erin Partridge

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC, is an artist and board-certified, registered art therapist. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings, and she is published in the areas of art therapy, elder care, and technology. Erin has a PhD in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur, and works as a professor and researcher in the elder care field. Her research interests incorporate the lived experience and focus on participatory, ethnographic, and art-based approaches.

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Jon Pearson

Jon Pearson is an internationally-known speaker, learning skills consultant, and author and frequent keynote speaker. He has worked with more than a thousand schools and a million students, teachers, parents, and administrators around the world. He received a BA in philosophy from the University of California, an MA in the creative arts interdisciplinary from California State University in San Francisco, and a multiple subject teaching credential from California State University in LA. Jon lives in Los Angeles and has taught courses in multiple intelligences and gifted education at the University of California at Riverside.


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Christo Pellani
Christo Pellani is a sound and energy healer, rhythm awareness drum circle facilitator, life/wellness coach, and expressive therapist. He founded Soundformation, and provides therapeutic arts services for schools, retreats, and conferences. Christo authored an interactive sound healing curriculum, "Living Adventures through Sound," and is a certified in Tama-Do. He is a sound and vibration healing instructor at the CA Academy for the Healing Arts.
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Paula Perlman

Paula Perlman, LMFT, BC-DMT, CLMA, certified SP, teaches creative movement with inner-city children and with children at a child-initiated, conflict resolution-based progressive private school. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Paula focuses on trauma and facilitates retreats for adults in creative process, creative movement, and Authentic Movement. She was a teaching faculty member for the Center for Movement Education and Research, an alternate route program in dance therapy. Paula has master's degrees in dance movement therapy and creativity, change, and leadership. She is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and Sensorimotor (Level III).

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Angela Porter

Angela Porter, MA, CATC, CMT, LMFT, specializes in addictions, and is trained in Gestalt, body-centered, and somatic therapy at Esalen Institute. Former program director at New Bridge Foundation, she incorporated Breema into her work with veterans, formerly incarcerated, and clients with co-occurring mental health issues. Angela is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin, and maintains a consultation practice. A certified instructor, she teaches workshops internationally.

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Anna Reyner

Anna Reyner, LMFT, RAT, educator, consultant, and art therapist for populations across the lifespan, has conducted over 800 national and international hands-on art workshops and is a registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She holds a master’s in expressive art therapy from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s in art and psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. In creating art activities, Anna draws upon her experiences as an art therapist, art teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, youth program director, and teacher trainer.

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Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF, CJF, is a writer, facilitator of poetry/journal therapy, and an eco-coach, teaching the transformational power of landscape archetypes. She is core faculty of the Therapeutic Writing Institute, has served on the credentialing board for the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and is an instructor for Treesisters, a non-profit working to empower the feminine and reforest the tropics. Mary is author of Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore us to Wholeness. She co-authored a chapter (w/ Kate Thompson), 'Inner and Outer Landscapes,' in Environmental Expressive Therapies: Nature-Assisted Theory and Practice.

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Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera, MA, CPC, PhD, is a coach, facilitator, and psychotherapist, who uses creative practices, coaching models, and contemporary research in psychology. She develops multi-week, arts integration programs and professional development programs. Diana works with creative artist professionals on psychological blocks related to their creative process and creating strategy for the pursual of work. Her dissertation explored imagination in human development and as an experience relevant to creative process and consciousness. Other research interests include the state of work-life balance for creative professionals and creativity and healing.

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Ellen Saul

Ellen H Saul, MS, LP, CST-T, is a licensed psychologist and certified sandplay therapist/teacher. She has over 30 years' experience in mental health agency and private practice settings. Ellen specializes in Kalffian sandplay therapy, attachment work, and trauma. She is a somatic experiencing practitioner and is trained in level one EMDR. Ellen has studied with Agnes Bayley and incorporates “In Touch Again” attachment repair strategies in her work. She has presented internationally and written for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Ellen serves on the board of directors for Sandplay Therapists of America.

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Mimi Savage

Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT, drama therapist, board-certified trainer, and NADTA board member, is on the faculty at UCLArts and Healing. Published in peer-reviewed journals, her forthcoming chapter will be in IAP's volume: Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children's Voice and Agency. Mimi facilitates youth with dual diagnosis, created ongoing programs for acute psychiatric units, and for two years she led weekly groups and therapeutic theatre for homeless women (seen in the film, "Game Girls," debuting at the Berlin Film Festival). She is director of the SoCal Drama Therapy Center for professional development.

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Kim Scanlon

Kim Scanlon is a jazz singer, writer, creative consultant, mentor, and master expressive arts teacher. Her approach to the arts, called “no solos,” synthesizes Kim’s decades of investigation into poetic traditions, community ritual, and developmental and depth psychologies. Kim has served as a creative consultant for a lively variety of organizations, including Teatro Zinzanni, a west coast circus club; Wisdombridge in San Francisco, an organization that offers contemporary community rituals; The NW Wilderness Awareness School; and The Experience Music Project in Seattle. She has a private practice in Seattle and performs and teaches widely.

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Jon Schreiber

Jon Schreiber, DC, director of the Breema Center and Breema Clinic in Oakland, CA, has been teaching Breema in the U.S. and internationally since 1980. He has presented Breema to interested groups in the fields of medicine, psychology, bodywork, exercise, holistic health, and personal growth. Jon's numerous articles and books focus on the universal and practical philosophy of Breema. In his active clinical practice, he uses Breema, Self-Breema, and the Nine Principles of Harmony to help his patients discover the real meaning of health.

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Kim Selbert

Kim Selbert, MA, OT, is a licensed occupational therapist, a certified cancer coach, and a certified laughter yoga leader. During her work as an occupational therapist at Pacific Alliance Medical Center, she provided instruction in the creation of vision boards for patients on the acute rehab unit, as well as art-related projects, cooking, laughter yoga, playing musical instruments, knitting, and crocheting. In 2017, she created Confident Cancer Coaching for women. She also provides workshops for organizations that utilize laughter, music, and movement.

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Ilene Serlin

Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist, is past-president of the San Francisco Psychological Assn., an APA fellow, and past-president of the APA Society for Humanistic Psychology. She taught at Saybrook, Lesley, UCLA, the NY Gestalt Institute, and the C.G. Jung Institute. Ilene edited Whole Person Healthcare and many chapters and articles on body, art, and psychotherapy. She is on the editorial boards of PsycCritiques, American Dance Therapy Journal, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy, and Practice, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and The Humanistic Psychologist.

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Suzanne Silverstein

Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR, is the founding director of Cedars-Sinai’s Psychological Trauma Center and Share & Care, a school-based mental health program that was honored by the City of Los Angeles for its significant contribution to the mental health of Los Angeles area school children. The Psychological Trauma Center received the Crystal Vision Award from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California for outstanding service to the community. Suzanne received the President’s Award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for outstanding quality performance and she was honored by Sierra Tucson with the Gratitude for Giving Award.

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Gina Simonelli

Gina Simonelli, MA, LMHC, studied expressive arts therapy at Lesley University. She has worked in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities with older adults, inpatient psychiatric treatment with dual-diagnosed adults and adolescents, residential treatment with children, and community outreach with individuals experiencing homelessness. Gina specializes in the integration of the arts with trauma informed practices to enhance social and emotional wellness across the lifespan. She currently works with ALMA, as well as in trauma and addiction treatment in Los Angeles.

Rachael Singer

Rachael Anne Singer, MS, R-DMT, works with autism spectrum disorder clients using DIR/Floortime at Real Connections, a nonprofit. For eight years, she was a toddler head teacher in preschool settings. She has a Masters in dance/movement therapy and a bachelors in child and adolescent development. Rachael guest lectures at Loyola Marymount College in the communication department about dance/movement therapy in relation to gender and intercultural communication. She leads therapeutic dance for the elderly at the Watermark in Beverly Hills, as well as with adults at the Disability Community Resource Center. Rachael also maintains a private practice where she works with children and families.

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Ellen Speert

Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT, is director of the CA Center for Creative Renewal, which specializes in creativity, women’s issues, loss, and spirituality. She is past president of the San Diego Art Therapy Assn and active with the AATA, as well as the IEATA. Ellen has conducted workshops internationally, and published professional journal articles. She has designed and directed postgraduate art therapy programs at UCSD and National University, and provides training and supervision to therapists worldwide.

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Sean Sterling

Sean Sterling, PhD, ABPP, is the department chair of applied clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is a co-founder of the Hypnosis Institute, and has been training clinicians to use hypnosis for over 20 years.

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Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA, holds master's degrees in both social work and music therapy. She is author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles. The founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, she has appeared on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and the movie "Discover the Gift." Christine has trained facilitators internationally in HealthRHYTHMS group drumming. She has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, survivors of Katrina, students at Ground Zero, and most recently, led the first drum circle training in a war zone in northern Iraq.

Casey Strenski

Casey Strenski, MA, AMFT, has worked extensively with infant, children, and adolescents ages 0-17 who are struggling with a variety of issues including childhood depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, anger management, behavioral problems, and low self-esteem. She enjoys developing fun, creative therapeutic interventions drawing upon her clinical skills as well as her training in art and theater. Casey is the clinical program director and registered associate marriage & family therapist at Mindful Heart Kids, where she works to empower children, adolescents, and young adults to build emotional resilience and discover their own voices.

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Sharon Strouse

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist with 30 years' experience with adults in group and individual settings. A year after her 17-year-old daughter Kristin ended her own life, she immersed herself in the creative process of collage, which became the foundation for her book, Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing. Additional published works in Neimeyer’s Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Thompson and Neimeyer’s Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning. Sharon leads national workshops and art therapy circles for survivors of loss.

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Sarah (Sally) Sugatt

Sarah (Sally) Sugatt, MSW/MPA, LiCSW, CST-T, is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. She is a certified sandplay therapist and teacher in the tradition of Dora Kalff by Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Sally has served on the Board of Trustees of the STA and is currently the president. She has written several articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and has taught both nationally and internationally. Sally has a private psychotherapy practice in Exeter, NH.

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Fred Sugerman

Fred Sugerman, movement artist and educator, and founder of medicine dance. An inquiring mind, fierce spirit and curious body informed by mindfulness, traditional theater and dance. Fred runs weekly classes, monthly workshops, movement arts laboratories, facilitator trainings, international immersions or retreats, and has a private practice. He is co-creator and interventionist for “Mindful Movement for Breast Cancer Survivors,” which has been the subject of research sponsored through the City of Hope, as well as the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence St. John’s Health Center.

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Nora Swan-Foster

Nora Swan-Foster, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, NCPsyA, works as a Jungian analyst and art psychotherapist. She graduated with a bachelor's in English literature and creative writing, and a master's in expressive arts therapy from Lesley University. Nora later earned her Jungian analyst certificate from the IRSJA. She is a member of the IAAP and NAAP, on the editorial board for the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and a member of the American Art Therapy Association. Along with coordinating the Boulder Jung Seminar, she teaches a graduate Jungian psychology course at Naropa University. Her book Jungian Art Therapy was published in 2018.

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Ingrid Tegnér

Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, CAPF, M/S, has been working as a facilitator of poetry therapy for 25 years in both clinical and developmental settings. She has facilitated groups of children, adolescents, adults and seniors, in schools, residential treatment centers, and cancer treatment centers. Ingrid trains individuals in poetry therapy and runs a poetry therapy peer group. She will complete her BFA in May 2019 at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio.

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Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson, MA, CJT, is a BACP senior accredited supervisor & counsellor and a registered psychotherapist. She trained in London and at The Center for Journal Therapy. Her first degree was English literature at the Univ. of Cambridge, UK. Kate is a faculty member at The Therapeutic Writing Institute and The New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, and an associate of The Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. She has written/edited several books on the use of expressive writing or journal therapy. Her most recent publication was a chapter (w/ M. Thompson), "Inner and Outer Landscapes," in Environmental Expressive Therapies.

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Patrisha Thomson

Patrisha Thomson, MA, certified in expressive arts from PCETI, provides a safe and democratic atmosphere for participants to witness the profound creativity in each person. She had stopped singing, but David Darling told her, "When you sing fully, it is like an ancient voice jumps into your chest." As an artist and teacher for over 40 years, Patrisha has taught dance and visual art and singing in an integrative healing arts setting. When she learned from Natalie Rogers that she could include movement with art, writing, and song, Patrisha was at home and would offer this all to others.

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Shelly Tochluk

Shelly Tochluk, PhD, an educator, with a background in psychology, spent 10 years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California’s public schools. She is a professor at Mt. Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles. Shelly is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice. She works with the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles, where she co-produces a four-day summer institute that leads people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race.

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Gayle Torres

Gayle Torres, MPS, ATR-BCS, is a board-certified art therapist who works in clinical and wellness settings. She is currently working with with cancer patients and survivors. Gayle also facilitates workshops in art therapy, SoulCollage, writing, and dreamwork. emphasizing traits of resilience. For over 20 years, she has studied the myths which arise in every culture.

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Lyla Tyler

Lyla Tyler, LMFT, RPT-S, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a registered play therapy supervisor, and an advanced trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®. She specializes in treating children and families at her group practice, Kid Counseling Sacramento. Lyla was a program manager for two large residential treatment centers and also facilitated groups for Sutter Medical Foundation through the Children’s Bereavement Art Group. She specializes in the treatment of children dealing with trauma, grief and loss, and critical illness in the family. For the past 30 years, Lyla has worked in the children’s mental health field and has provided training throughout California.

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Nina Utigaard

Nina “Anin” Utigaard, LMFT, REAT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered expressive arts therapist. She was a founding executive co-chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and continues to be an active board member with IEATA. Anin was a faculty member with Natalie Rogers’ Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over 10 years and is adjunct faculty with JFK University. She has presented her work nationally and internationally since 1992 and has a fine art and professional music background.

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Tammi Van Hollander

Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA, and consults with local schools and community members. She is a certified trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a certified FirstPlay® practitioner, and trained in level one Theraplay® and EMDR. Tammi is the author of an attachment-based multi-sensory story, Casey’s Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness, Connection and Courage to Children. She specializes in attachment, sandtray play therapy, and sensory integration working with infants, children, families, and adults of all ages.

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Sandra Vigon

Sandra Vigon, LMFT, is a Jungian psychotherapist and SoulCollage© facilitator, and has been in private practice for 30 years. She has a special interest in dreamwork, active imagination, and the creative process as it pertains to healing and transformation. In addition to her individual work, she has led workshops using collage as an intuitive process to facilitate personal development.

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Julia Vishnepolsky

Julia Vishnepolsky, MA, R-DMT, LMHC, LPCC, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in integrating somatic and expressive arts therapy to address biopsychosocial and chronic health concerns. She has developed integrated somatic and expressive arts curriculums for multiple treatment settings, including therapeutic elementary schools, skilled nursing facilities, community mental health clinics, and residential treatment facilities. Julia directs expressive arts therapy at Passages Addiction Care Center, and is the founder of Plant Pals, a project designed to reconnect generations with the elderly through nature and the arts.

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Sarah Vollmann

Sarah Vollmann, MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified art therapist. She has a master's in art therapy from Pratt Institute and a master's in social work from Columbia. Sarah works with adolescents at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and with bereaved patients in her private practice. Her 20 years of experience have spanned a variety of settings, including a pediatric medical hospital, a residential treatment facility, and a mental health clinic. Sarah worked with 9/11 families, has published on grief and loss, and has presented internationally on art therapy, grief, and bereavement.

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Diana Wallace
Diana Lynn (Wallace) is a singer-songwriter/percussionist based in Los Angeles. Raised by a preacher, gospel, and choral music were her first influences but world rhythms and indigenous music lit her musical torch. She has studied voice and world percussion around the globe while performing with a variety of musical groups. Her CD, Daydreams & Lullabies, has received international recognition and she has scored soundtracks for animations and short films. Diana leads drum circles for Remo, LAUSD (Residencies) and Burbank USD. She has completed the UCLA Social Emotional Arts Certificate, Beat The Odds, and Drumming for Youth Intensive.

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Daniel Walsh

Dan Walsh, MS, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist working with incarcerated youth who reside in a limited secure placement facility. He also works with adolescents and adults within inpatient psychiatric settings. Dan has presented at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference of the American Music Therapy Association and recently completed his training at Molloy College. As a music therapist, he is able to implement his experience as a performer, producer, and educator in order to meet the diverse needs of his clients.

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Akilah Watts

Akilah Watts, MM, MT-BC, specializes in music therapy for acute psychiatric care, addiction, and children with special needs. She taught music to grades K-6 for two years before attending Illinois State University to pursue her master’s in music therapy. Akilah has practiced music therapy in Kenya, Thailand, and Uganda through various programs, including Global Alliance for Africa’s Therapeutic Arts Program, The Center for Music Therapy's Mindfulness and Cultural Competence Institute, and as part of The Ubuntu Music Therapy Initiative Team.

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Sharon Weil

Sharon Weil, RSME, is a healing artist, writer, speaker and somatic educator. She is one of the original Continuum teachers, and founder of The Ageless Body®, a Continuum inspired practice for moving with the changes that accompany aging. Sharon is the author of ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change and ChangeAbility Playbook: How to Navigate Your Own Change. She is the host of "Passing 4 Normal" podcast and has been a screenwriter, director, and producer for film and television for many years.

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Marybeth Weinstock

Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT, has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the CA Institute of Integral Studies, a master’s in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College, and an undergraduate degree in dance and psychology from Goucher College. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, and in private practice, and specializes in eating disorders, trauma, body image, and issues of age. Marybeth's dissertation, "Women Dancers in Midlife: Coping with the Transition," advanced her scholarship in and treatment of body image issues, and inspired a series of ongoing workshops.

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Nancy Weiss

Nancy Weiss, BCD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and SoulCollage® and MeCards4Kids® facilitator. Her work blends Jungian depth psychology, dreamwork, and the creative arts. Nancy collaboratively developed MeCards4Kids™, an adaptation of the SoulCollage® process of collage and journaling. She is co-author of How to Make MeCards4Kids™: Creative Expression for Children and the Grown-Ups in their Lives.

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Ande Welling

Ande Welling, CMHC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, NCC, has undergraduate degrees in psychology and anthropology, with a minor in dance, and a master’s in dance/movement therapy and counseling, with a certification as a movement analyst. She has worked in medical settings with people diagnosed with neurological injuries and disorders, parents and children working on attachment, adolescents in residential treatment, and couples. Ande is interested in interpersonal neurobiology, resiliency and trauma, somatic arts, and EMDR.

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Jessica Whitesel

Jessica Whitesel, LPC, ATR-BC, maintains a private practice in Colorado serving children and adolescents, specializing in trauma, dissociation, and attachment issues. She is also faculty at Naropa University in the art therapy program, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Lora Wilson

Lora Wilson, MA, BC-DMT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and a lecturer for the dance department at California State University, Long Beach. She has worked with the elderly for over 16 years in a range of settings, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient geriatric psych. Lora served as the public relations chairperson for the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) from 2012-2016, producing dance/movement therapy video content and a strategic multi-platform social media presence. For theses contributions to the field, she received the ADTA's Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Susan Wooldridge

Susan Wooldridge, MA, has a bachelor's in anthropology from Barnard College and a master's in art and writing from CSU Chico. She has held workshops on journals, creative writing, and collage with thousands of adults and children. Susan has worked in over 80 rural libraries in sessions sponsored by Poets & Writers Org. and CA Center for the Book. Her books include: poemcrazy: freeing your life with words, Bathing with Ants, Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process, and she's finishing a book about imagination, land, and language.

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April Wright

April Wright, MA, LMFT, utilizes MCBT, guided meditation, art techniques, and interpersonal psychotherapy to integrate and heal the effects of PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety disorders, and relationship dynamics.

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Dana Wyss

Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical art therapist. She holds a PhD in expressive therapies from Lesley University. Dana is an ATD certified master trainer and facilitates workshops and trainings throughout the country. For the last 20 years, Dana has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nonpublic school settings to manage crisis, conduct trainings, coach staff, and support children and families who have experienced complex developmental trauma. She currently works with Star View Adolescent Center as a training director and clinical supervisor.

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Genia Young

Genia Young, LMFT, ATR-BC, works with children in Los Angeles schools as a counselor with Cedars-Sinai Share and Care Program. She has also worked with pre-school aged children in an intensive day treatment program and provided individual art therapy to women in a residential drug treatment program. Genia was a special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for several years before training to become a therapist.

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Judy Zappacosta

Judy Zappacosta, MFT, CST-T, is a past president of Sandplay Therapists of America and past board member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She maintains a practice in Monterey, CA, consults and supervises therapists using sandplay, and has published and taught both nationally and internationally. Judy is editor of the book, Pearls: Defining Moments in our Lives. She is associate editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Judy trained with sandplay founder, Dora Kalff, and Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman.