“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, therapist, 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.”
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“I believe in the profound power of the arts process to bring healing, wellness, and transformation to people of all ages and life circumstances. Expressive arts is a path that allows me to integrate my love for art my life’s desire to help others.”
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“Expressive Arts is a way of life for me. Through the arts, I connect deeply with my inner knowing that guides me through life’s challenges and is with me in times of joy. Expressive arts is a personal practice for me, a way to contain my life, reflect on it, and bring to consciousness what is needed to make change both personally and in community. It is aligned with my soul’s purpose to be engaged in the arts and to share it with others.”
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Theresa earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 2004. After teaching college students for several years and becoming a full-time family caregiver, she found herself longing to explore her creative side and embody a more authentic self. She discovered Expressive Arts Florida Institute in 2015 and has not looked back. She earned a certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts in 2018. While completing the certificate program, Theresa also trained with PeaceLove Studios in Providence, RI, and facilitated Expressive Arts workshops for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is deeply inspired by Mother Nature and enjoys using intermodal processes like meditation, movement, visual art, and writing in her personal creative practice. She lives in Gainesville, FL, where she facilitates Expressive Arts workshops for community groups. Theresa is currently Teaching Assistant in some of the EAFI intensives, and mentor/advisor for EAFI students.
Brandy King Schafer is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Filial/Play Therapy certification from Stetson University. She is currently pursuing an ATR-BC certification through additional education and internship. Brandy offers existential and person-centered expressive arts therapy at Expressionists Creative Counseling, LLC. She specializes in creativity development, stress and anxiety management, perfectionism, and complicated grief. As a collaborative presenter with EAFI at the 2019 International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) Conference, Brandy facilitated image exploration and living multi-modal sculptures for the “Cultivating Intentional Inclusivity” workshop. She also presented original research on infusing creativity, existentialism, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy at the EB-ACA (Heidelberg, Germany) and the Bavarian International School. Brandy is currently Teaching Assistant in some of the EAFI intensives, and mentor/advisor for EAFI students.
Susan Paul Johnson is an expressive arts facilitator based in Atlanta, GA.
I am passionate about creating AHA! moments for individuals open to using creativity for personal insights. I love to encourage others to push boundaries and find hidden insights and to help them ask the questions they might not otherwise ask themselves. I see myself as a guide on the journey and am honored to travel along side others as they chart their own journey. As my work develops, I am focused on opportunities to travel with others in underserved populations – underhoused people, vulnerable individuals, and incarcerated persons – acknowledging the commonality we share. I believe we all gain from the opportunities to nurture and express our deepest longings in creative expression of any kind.
She works as a facilitator and mentor with Creating Mandalas. She completed the EAFI Certificate Training Program in 2019. This connects her work with mandalas and other visual art with modalities such as movement, rhythm, journaling and drama. She is also a Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator. Susan is a member of and involved with IEATA. She served on the 2019 Conference Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Susan did her undergraduate work at Brown University and graduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She taught primarily at ground institutions, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory University, and Agnes Scott College. She also worked for Capella University, an on-line program, teaching and advising in the DBA program. She has also done strategic consulting in education and worked in non-profit leadership. She helped incorporate Kids4Peace Atlanta, a non-profit organization dedicated to interfaith (and apolitical) education for peace, and served as the first President of the Board of Directors. She is actively involved with her church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
Liz Pascoe-Broome currently works in the Sarasota area as a free-lance actor, singer, teaching artist, and expressive arts facilitator. Recently Liz has taught acting classes and performed at The Venice Theatre, and teaches Theatre, Language Arts, Movement, and Expressive arts at the Mangrove School and Saltmeadow School of Sarasota. In the past she has toured the country teaching performing and visual arts, and is passionate about creating performance projects that invite other’s to explore and expand their creative potential. Liz Pascoe – Broome’s workshop offerings as well as contact information can be found on facebook at:
Diane Lampitt, M.Ed. is a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and brings over 30 years of experience in retreat facilitation, training, program development, and publishing. She holds a BA in Education, an M.Ed. in Religious Education from Boston College, post graduate studies at the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and training as a Labyrinth facilitator. Diane is passionate about creating environments where people can experience transformation and growth. She lives in Ft. Myers, FL, with her husband, Scott.
Anne Hofland is returning to facilitate another expressive writing workshop series at Expressive Arts Florida Institute. She is a regular seasonal member of our open studio sessions, and discovered expressive writing as a tool on her own healing journey. She integrates extensive personal experience with the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, her skills as an educator, and her training as a facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective to provide an opportunity for participants to embark on an inner journey of exploration through writing. Anne has published travel articles, memoir pieces in three anthologies, and was a winner in the City of Toronto’s “My City, My Six” story competition.
Markus Scott-Alexander, PhD, REAT, is the founding director of World Arts Organization, an expressive arts training program in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is senior faculty at The European Graduate School in Switzerland and is adjunct faculty at the St. Stephen’s College Art Therapy Program.
His doctoral arts-based-research-project was as director/choreographer in residence at the Arts-based- Research Studio at the University of Alberta. Recently, Markus conducted workshops at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, BC and at TAE Expressive Arts Training Program in Lima, Peru. Last spring, Markus taught in in China, at the EXA Symposium in Ireland and at the new EGS campus in Malta.
Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is an associate professor in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked as an expressive arts therapist since 1983 and has been a licensed clinical counselor since 1994. He was the President/Executive Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health.
Dr. Kossak is also a professional musician performing for over 30 years in the Boston area. He is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an understanding of embodied empathy.
Fay is an independent, Registered Expressive Arts Practitioner (REACE), a therapeutic storyteller and an artist. For over 30 years she has designed and delivered Expressive Arts experiences for both individuals and groups of all ages with a focus on mental health.
Her published paper (in the international, peer reviewed Journal of Arts & Health), contributes to the growing body of evidence that now supports the value of engaging in creative processes on our mental and physical well-being. Fay was awarded the Fellowship of Applied Education from Fleming College, nominated for the Innovation and Creativity Award from the Chamber of Commerce and is the founder of the Visible Voices Open Arts Studio, a community hub which encourages everyone to respond creatively to things that matter. She has been invited to speak about her innovative work nationally and internationally.
Wendy Phillips, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, REACE is a Psychotherapist, an Expressive Arts Therapist, a faculty member, and a Research Psychologist. She is a conceptual visual artist whose favorite practice is analog photography. Wendy is drawn to historical and alternative photographic processes and fiber arts. In her research, Wendy uses photography as a method of Arts Based inquiry.
Wendy is a faculty member in the Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration at Goddard College, and is an Adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psychology and Research Departments at Saybrook University.
Manju has been focused on social causes from very early on in her career and over the last 30 years has worked with thousands of children and adults who were unable to access mental health services due to economic or social taboos.
Manju is a certified expressive arts group facilitator and also has a MS in Community Counseling from Portland State University, Oregon and an MS and BS in Psychology from India. She is currently pursuing her REAT certification.
Aslam is a technology executive with a deep understanding of digital and online environments and systems thinking. He has been studying InterPersonal NeuroBiology (IPNB).
From October of last year Manju and Aslam have facilitated over 100 workshops in India, Nepal and the US with over 2000 children and adults. Since the start of the pandemic they have moved online and conducted weekly workshops for a set of 12 global groups. Manju and Aslam live with their two daughters, and three dogs in Portland, Oregon.
Fiona CHANG, REAT, RSW, PhD Candidate, CUHK, M. Soc. Sc. (Family Therapy & Health Care), HKU; Postgraduate Certificate (Person-centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change), Saybrook University, USA; Professional Diploma (Creative Photography), CUHK; Certificate (Satir Therapy & Clinical Supervision), HKU
Fiona is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist with IEATA, Certified Supervisor of the Australian Counseling Association (ACA), and a Registered Social Worker. She is faculty of the Person- centered Expressive Arts Program founded by Dr. Natalie Rogers. She founded the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program of the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong and the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of Hong Kong (EATA HK).
Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT is a Multi-Media Artist, Expressive Arts Psychotherapist and Educator. She is devoted to playfulness, joy, embodied earth-based spirituality and transforming trauma into empowerment through creativity. She has a private practice in German and English in Berkeley. Read her full bio here
Gloria Simoneaux, MA, REAT, EXA, is founding director of Harambee Arts, an expressive arts organization and training program based in sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal and the Caribbean. Harambee Arts is designed to serve children and women globally who have been traumatized by illness, poverty, violence, autistic spectrum disorder, trafficking and other crises. She has taught expressive arts to counselors and educators in Nairobi, Haiti and Dominica as a Fulbright scholar. She is the founder of DrawBridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children, has worked with pediatric oncology patients in San Francisco hospitals and is currently a Fulbright fellowship recipient in Dominica. www.harambeearts.org
Expressive Arts Florida Institute welcomes a stimulating and collaborative environment in which diverse and skilled facilitators are dedicated to offering expressive arts and arts workshops. If you would like to offer a workshop, please submit your workshop proposal for consideration.