Kathleen earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida. She holds a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Kathleen is currently a Board Member of IEATA.
A psychotherapist since 1988, Kathleen had a private practice for 22 years and was the Clinical Director of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at the Child Protection Center of Sarasota, for 20 years.
Her transition into the Expressive Arts began when she co-founded the Visions of Hope Project of the Child Protection Center, in 1995. This innovative project brought art-making into therapy groups with children who had been victimized. The success and inspiration of this project led Kathleen to seek her certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy, and the expressive arts began to permeate her work, both at the Child Protection Center, and in her private practice.
In 1996, Kathleen moved her studio into the Towles Court Art Colony and began expanding her Expressive Arts offerings beyond the therapy setting by creating a variety of workshops bringing the healing aspects of creativity to the general public. In 2000, she and Victoria Domenichello-Anderson opened Inner Visions Studio and Gallery, and, in 2004 created the Art and Healing Certificate Program at Ringling College of Art and Design, Continuing Studies and Special Programs. In 2007, Kathleen, with Victoria Domenichello-Anderson, Elizabeth Bornstein, and Tamara Teeter Knapp, founded Expressive Arts Florida, LLC. In 2010, Expressive Arts Florida Institute was created as a vehicle to educate others to become Expressive Arts professionals.
Kathleen is fully dedicated to introducing others to the positive healing power of the Expressive Arts. She is a practicing visual artist, with a special interest in Mandalas and the Touch Drawing process. Her work is exhibited at Expressive Arts Florida, and also Cortes Island, B.C., where she spends her summers. She created the Art as a Healing Practice model, a combination of guided meditation, visual art, writing and sharing, and she teaches this regularly. Kathleen also teaches Mandala workshops, as well as Creative Self Renewal for Therapists, Expressive Arts Case Consultation for therapists, and Touch Drawing. She is a founder and core faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Institute Certificate Training Program.
“I believe that the expression of our authentic creativity is a positive force for healing and peace, in individuals and in our world. Looking deep within to discover our inner visions, and learning the skills to bring these into form can be a profound experience for both artist and viewer. As an artist, teacher, and facilitator, my commitment is to stay honest in my own creative expression, and to assist others to do the same. This is a journey that can move us through our resistances, fears, and wounded places; a discovery process that allows our unique creative wisdom to be unearthed, honored, and witnessed. When we share ourselves from our most authentic creative place, we offer to the world our unique sacred vision.”
Victoria is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator with the International Expressive Art Therapy Association. She lived in the Boston area for over 40 years, where she earned both a B.A. in Fine Arts, and an A.S. in Law Enforcement from Northeastern University. Victoria balanced her work as an Investigator with her passion for art. She continued to involve herself in art classes and, in 1993, was awarded a solo Grant for Creativity from Salem State College.
In 1994, Victoria relocated to Sarasota, Florida. It was then, while envisioning her life’s path, that she realized the possibility and potential of integrating her love for art with her life’s desire to help others. In 2001, Victoria earned her M.A. in Art Education, along with a Graduate Certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts, from the University of South Florida.
Victoria has been practicing and facilitating expressive arts for the past 13 years. She has worked with many populations including Kosovo Refugees, children who had been sexually abused, cancer patients, Parkinsonians, and more.
In 2000, while absorbed in her Expressive Arts training, Victoria met Kathleen Horne, a local Expressive Arts Therapist, and together they opened Inner Visions Gallery and Studio. In 2007, she and Kathleen partnered with Tamara Teeter Knapp and Elizabeth Bornstein, and co-founded Expressive Arts Florida, LLC. Here Victoria works with her creative partners facilitating various expressive art workshops and sessions, along with community exhibits and consulting.
She is co-founder and core faculty of the Certificate Training Program of Expressive Arts Florida Institute.
Victoria is a member of IEATA. She is Past President and a board member for the Towles Court Artist Association.
Victoria believes in the profound power of the arts process to bring healing, wellness, and transformation to people of all ages and life circumstances.
Tamara Teeter Knapp earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Certificate in Art and Healing from Ringling College of Art and Design. She received Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College and also holds a teaching certificate in the state of Florida for K-12 Art and Elementary Education. She has received special training in Creative Drama for Creative Learning provided by the Kennedy Center for the Arts and completed Collaborative Leadership Training with Torin Finser of Antioch New England.
An educator since 1997, Tamara taught at the Aurora Waldorf School in Anchorage, Alaska before relocating through Taos, NM to Florida. In public education since 2002, Tamara taught art and expressive arts at Emma E. Booker and Fruitville Elementary Schools respectively until 2009 when she entered the second grade classroom. Tamara has also taught art summer camp at the Art Center Sarasota for five years and has served as adjunct faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design teaching Discovering Creativity for children ages 5-11. Throughout her teaching career, her special interest has been to facilitate curriculum connections through the arts. As a dancer and a visual artist, she has developed her specific interest through drama and creative movement as well as visual art.
Tamara’s first creative love was dance. Throughout her education, she continued to seek dance training and performed with “Voices” Dance Ensemble at the University of Alaska Anchorage for three years. She also performed the duet “Box for a Brighter Side” with Susan Joy Share, a sculptural book binder, for two years. Beginning in 1983, Tamara received private instruction in drawing and has continued throughout her life to express herself through the arts. At California College of Arts and Crafts in the late 1980’s, Tamara discovered the field of Art Therapy and her passion for working with art to help others was born. Tamara met Kathleen Horne and Victoria Domenichello-Anderson in Sarasota in 2001 and began using expressive arts processes to heal and grow. At the onset of the Art and Healing Certificate program at Ringling College, Tamara resumed a journey toward a career in the expressive arts.
In 2007, Tamara joined with Kathleen, Victoria, and Elizabeth Bornstein to form Expressive Arts Florida. As a creative partner in Expressive Arts Florida, Tamara has been able to work collaboratively with educators to bring expressive arts to children with Autism as well as create a unique opportunity in our community for people without homes to create art and transform their experience of being homeless.
Tamara applies knowledge of creative drama, dance, movement, and visual art to her work with children and adults. She facilitates using each of these processes in a non-threatening, spontaneous, and fun way that helps participants construct a new understanding of themselves and those around them. She works with adults, children, and families focused on self-expression, communication, and wellness.
Tamara is co-founder and Core Faculty on Expressive Arts Florida Certificate Training Program.