Pat B. Allen, Ph.D., A.T.R., is an author, artist, art therapist, and teacher who connects to the Creative Source through art and writing. Her books – Art Is a Way of Knowing (Shambhala 1995) and Art Is a Spiritual Path (Shambhala 2005) – explore the borders between art, psychology, spirituality, and social action and are considered classics in the field of expressive arts therapy. Her novel Cronation (Blue Jay Press, 2016) offers an inspiring vision of a world infused by the revolutionary creative energy of women.
Author of numerous professional articles, Pat lectures and delivers workshops nationally and internationally. Her artwork has been exhibited in a wide variety of juried and invited exhibits.
Pat co-founded the Open Studio Project in Chicago and of Studio Pardes in Oak Park, IL. She is currently Senior Consulting Faculty for the Jewish Studio Project, which was founded by her daughter, Rabbi Adina Allen.
Pat is the delighted grandmother of Adina’s two boys, Remy and Tovi.
Nana Fofie Amina Bashir is an Expressive Arts Therapist with the Institute for Ashé Movement in New Orleans, LA. She provides culturally resonant, narrative and multi-modal arts therapy to individuals, families, and groups, with a focus on marginalized populations and non-normative family structures. Nana Fofie also works in her community and along the Gulf South providing facilitation for grassroots organizations and community groups that are working to decolonize spaces and justice movements, develop and expand accountability practices, and create cultural arts programs.
Nana Fofie brings over twenty years of organizational and community leadership to the Institute for Ashé Movement. Since 2015, Nana Fofie has served as principle consultant and facilitator at Wisdom’s Ladder, focusing her experience and skillset on cultivating and expanding visions, strategies, and wellness in marginalized communities.
She is a founding co-partner of Wind and Warrior, a collaborative that creates and guides educational and retreat spaces for organizational leaders, scholars, artists, and practitioners to co-learn and integrate cultural and traditional practices for greater impact of their work.
A spiritualist, counselor, and healing practitioner trained in the Akom tradition of West Africa, Nana Fofie is passionate about honoring curiosity and the (re)integration of art, cultural practices, and indigenous knowledges into present healing therapies and future strategic visioning.
Lucia de Urioste Bejarano (she/her) is a poet and artist believer at heart. She was born in La Paz, Bolivia, immigrating to Vancouver, Canada, being gratefully able to create a second home on the traditional, unceded, homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
She has been working with children, youth, women and families in community based agencies since 2008 and private practice since 2014. Her work is guided by our innate ability to heal, the strength of community that comes from our identity, culture and heritage; and the healing guidance of the arts as a collaborative practice to process, learn, deconstruct and integrate.
She has firsthand experience in the challenges and the resources for practitioners working on the front line with populations who have experienced violence, complex and intergenerational trauma and high-risk situations. This experience has led her curiosity to arts based approaches to nourishment, sustainability and supervision in clinical practice.
She has a Master in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program. As well, she holds education in Creative Writing, Systemic Therapy with focus on Community and various trainings in trauma informed body centered approaches.
Dr. Sibel Golden is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with over 23 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children.
She is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
As well as a seasoned clinician, Sibel is an experienced educator. She taught at City University in Seattle in their Masters in Counseling Program for one year, before moving on to Bastyr University where she taught for 6 years in the Health Psychology Department. Sibel designed and taught courses such as Art as Spiritual Practice and the Psychology of Nourishment. She has presented numerous workshops on Eating Disorders, Body Image, and various aspects of Creative Arts Therapy, in the Puget Sound Area, as well as in New York.
In 2010, Sibel was the recipient of the Rollo May Scholarship at Saybrook University. She was a regular contributor to the academic blog ‘The New Existentialists’ for 2 years, before starting her own blog at sibelgoldenphd.com. Sibel’s dissertation was a qualitative study entitled, ‘Portraits of Courage in the Creative Process of Visual Artists’.
Sibel uses an existential-integrative and creative arts approach in her work, including humanistic and depth psychology, mindfulness, and positive psychology. She has an unwavering commitment to remaining present with the unique experience of each client. This allows for a whole-person approach, valuing individual experiences of mind, body, spirit, and emotion, as well as family of origin, nuclear family, relationships cultural background, and social environment.
“My background in and love of the arts, as well as my fascination with the creative process, guide my work. I believe that art and the creative process provide expansive ways to look at life, sustain motivation, and unearth new sources of inspiration”.
B.A. in Studio Art from Bard College, Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from Goddard College, Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Saybrook University.
Yael Kievsky (she/her/ella) has an MA in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Expressive Arts, and a BA in Critical Cultural Studies.
Yael is from Argentina and is bilingual/bicultural. Yael brings a background in arts teaching and community organizing to her therapeutic work with youth and families. Working from a culture-centric and trauma-aware lens, Yael is committed to anti-racist, anti-ableist, and harm-reductive practice, both clinically and organizationally. With lived experience as immigrant, artist, and community advocate, Yael experiences therapeutic and educational work as an invitation to deepen community care and relationships, and to cultivate shared power.
Currently Yael splits her time between clinical work, outreach, and education, as adjunct professor of Child Psychology at her alma mater and associate researcher in the field of expressive arts pedagogy; collaborating with students, artists, and colleagues are ways in which she continues envisioning and enacting a transformative path for our field.
Yael also holds advanced trainings in Restorative Justice in OR and CA, and brings a restitutive and transformative lens to her clinical work and to her own relationships.
Some of the spaces where Yael can be found currently are her private practice at Second Growth Counseling, her community and advocacy work at Rahab’s Sisters, and academically at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Portland State University.
Pamela Krueger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who completed her MA, with a three-year concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.
She provides expressive arts counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups at Cancer Lifeline, whose mission is to serve people whose lives are affected by cancer. She relies on all creative art modalities in her work with her clients, identifying specific creative processes in close collaboration with her clients, and has completed specific training in: person-centered expressive arts therapy, drama therapy, dance and movement therapy, open studio process (a form of visual arts therapy), meditative art journaling, narrative expressive arts therapy, digital storytelling, and trauma-focused expressive arts therapy. Her orientation to therapy is existential-humanistic, seen through a feminist and multicultural lens, grounded in relational-cultural theory.
Working as an expressive arts therapist is a second career for Pamela, which she initiated after leaving practice as a legal counselor when her son was diagnosed with cancer and she found emotional support for all their family experienced largely unavailable. Relying on her own creative process experience in the form of creative writing to cope with all that they faced, she dreamt of a way to share her own healing experiences with writing with others in similar situations.
She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing from Oregon State University alongside her MA in counseling psychology from CIIS, growing her sustained arts practice while developing her counseling skills. This also enhances her ability to draw upon creative writing practices to support client expression in this modality.
MA in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy, from CIIS and a MFA in Creating Writing, Nonfiction and Poetry, from OSU.
Courtney Oliver is a licensed mental health professional on Bainbridge Island, WA. She currently works as an Executive Director for a non-profit organization providing free adolescent counseling. She also has a part time private practice called Life Created Counseling. She has been in the field of counseling for over 15 years and enjoy working with all ages.
Courtney completed NWCEAI’s Professional Training Program in 2020. When she isn’t working you can usually find her doing some type of art (fiber arts are my favorite), hiking in the Pacific Northwest, finishing a jigsaw puzzle, and spending time with family.
Courtney Taylor is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Ecotherapist, and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. She works with individuals of most ages while weaving humanistic foundations into evidence-based modalities. She has previous experience working for non-profit crisis centers and non-profit community mental health agencies. She is currently working at her private practice located in Wenatchee Washington.
Courtney completed NWCEAI’s Professional Training Program in 2019. Since then, she has specialized in integrating Astrology and Nature-Based expressive arts into many creative modalities.