Sibel Golden PhD, LMHC, REAT

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

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”.

Emily Rich MS, LMFT, MedFT
Co-President

Emily Rich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.

She presently has a private practice in Seattle, seeing individuals, couples, and families with a special focus on eating disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Emily is also trained as a Medical Family Therapist, working as part of the holistic healthcare team in a primary care clinic.

With an extensive background as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor, Emily enjoys bringing creativity into her work with clients as a form of expression and an avenue for healing.

Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCT

 Bobbi Kidder is author of IMAGINaction, a guide to using drama in classrooms and other settings. Bobbi has incorporated the principles of conflict resolution as an educator and drama therapist, doing international work in cultural competence and ELL as well as leading communication projects in schools, prisons, and treatment centers

She has worked with inter-generational groups in Los Angeles and Seattle. Bobbi values improvisational skills and believes that having a clear understanding of the utility of imagination will promote a committed pursuit of its potential.

Ellen K. Carruth, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS

Ellen Carruth is a Professor and Program Director for the M.Ed. in counseling program at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Carruth is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Since finishing her formal education, Dr. Carruth has spent time working in the mental health system in Washington and has used her experiences as a clinician to inform her practice as an instructor and her current research agenda. Dr. Carruth has spent her career in the helping professions, and she has over 20 years of experience working in human services/community mental health and higher education.

Dr. Carruth began her career as a music therapist, and brings her unique approach to using music in counseling to students of the NWCEAI. Dr. Carruth maintains active roles in a number of professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, and the Washington Mental Health Counselor’s Association, where she is president emeritus.

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Karina Brossmann, BFA

Karina has always had a passion for self-expression. From a young age, she was drawn to the performing arts and participated in any theater or singing opportunity she could find. It wasn’t until she studied at Cornish College that she realized putting on a great performance went a lot deeper than just memorizing lines and moving around on stage.To be authentic, to be present, to be “in it” as an actor required a commitment from her as a human being to continually journey inwards to uncover her truth. The more this process unfolded in her life, the more inspired Karina became to support others in finding their authentic self-expression. From this desire, True Voice Mentorship was born.

She has worked with inter-generational groups in Los Angeles and Seattle. Bobbi values improvisational skills and believes that having a clear understanding of the utility of imagination will promote a committed pursuit of its potential.

Non-profit work includes workshops at Powerful Voices (supporting at-risk young girls) and Workshops with Babes Network (supporting women with HIV). Also teaching at theater/dance/music workshop for youth program through Dance Camp Northwest, Yoga summer camp for middle school girls at Bliss Yoga (Mercer Island) and private voice lessons to young girls.

BFA Theater Original Works Cornish College of the Arts, 250-hour Yoga Teacher Certification, Reflections Yoga and Core Power Yoga.

Molly Rice, MA, LMFTA, RDT

Molly Rice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate and a Drama Therapist who has been working with Seattle individuals, couples and families for the past three years, both in community mental health and private practice. 

A native of Austin, Texas, Molly attended Southwestern University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Theatre, with an emphasis in Directing. Her interest in the exploration of movement and how this connects to emotional processes in acting, led her to explore cross cultural non-verbal communication. Working in communities across the US, and countries including Bulgaria and Korea, this interest brought her to Seattle to study and practice Drama Therapy. 

Currently, Molly has a private practice in Ballard where she sees individuals, couples and families focusing on women’s health and reproductive issues, relationship issues, and trauma. She enjoys working with clients who are interested in somatic exploration and movement as part of therapy. 

BA in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas . MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Drama Therapy from Antioch University Seattle

Nina “Anin” Utigaard

Nina “Anin” Utigaard is a licensed MFT and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and held a private practice in San Francisco, CA, for over 20 years, before relocating to Ashland, Oregon in 2017.  She works with individuals and groups of all ages and cultures. She was a founding Executive Co-Chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and continues to be an active board member for the organization. Anin was a faculty member with Natalie Rogers’ Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over ten years and uses the person-centered approach in her work with clients and students. 

She was adjunct faculty with JFK University and has presented her work nationally and internationally since 1992. Her work with trauma and adolescents began at Thunder Road in Oakland in 1991, where she used expressive arts therapy with teens dealing with substance abuse and trauma. Anin has a fine arts and professional music background, which she combined with psychology and the humanistic approach. She believes that the arts are a transformative power that can change the world we live in.

Heidi Stahl, MA

Heidi Stahl, MA, studied biology at Bard College and counseling at Bastyr University. She has taught literature and creative writing at Tufts University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Seattle Central Community College. She has led creative writing groups in the communities of Seattle and Cape Cod and is trained in the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. She writes and creates video tutorials to help instructors and students at the University of Washington use a wide range of learning technologies. 

Heidi’s work has been published in Off the Coast, Cape Cod Poetry Review and Salamander. A lifelong student and devotee of journaling practice, she knows firsthand the healing and soul tending that comes through writing and is pleased to support the Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute in sharing these methods with therapists.

Caitlin Dundon

Caitlin Dundon |  Artist in Residence

In Memorium

Caitlin Dundon was a mixed-media artist and calligrapher with over 20 years of experience. She taught mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada and has taught at Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats (Portland, OR, Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis, MN), Art Unraveled (Phoenix, AZ), Art is You (Petaluma, CA), and Letters of Joy (Seattle, WA), Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, NM) and Mendocino Art Center (Mendocino, CA).

She has written numerous articles for Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines and authored The Painted Word: Mixed Media Lettering Techniques (Schiffer Books, 2019).

Caitlin was our Artist in Residence in 2019. She was a gifted teacher and artist. We will miss her brilliant smile, her incredible creativity, and her generous heart. 

Nicole Ross, MA, LMHC, ATR-P

Nicole Ross has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Studio Art and French Language from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Her focus as a psychology student was on child development and attachment. She has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Antioch University, Seattle and has spent the last three years gaining experience with a variety of populations in both Washington State and Texas.

Nicole is a Registered Mental Health Professional (MHP), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and Art Therapist (ATR-P) and is currently in private practice in Seattle, WA. She works mostly with children and adolescents ages 4-18 using art therapy and therapeutic play, but also works with adults and families. Nicole enjoys working collaboratively with clients from a client- centered perspective incorporating art therapy, therapeutic play, and feminist perspectives.

Kriya Kaping, BA, MA

Kriya Kaping  is a community outreach and training specialist with a background supporting organizations and individuals to share narratives that foster community involvement and personal connection.

Ms. Kaping has worked with federal, state and local agencies to promote programs centered on civic awareness, cross-cultural competency, and scientific discovery. She is a trained facilitator and educator with over 15 years of experience developing and leading public forums, training workshops, and seminars nationally and internationally.

Kriya is a seasoned storyteller who has co-taught storytelling workshops for all backgrounds and experience levels. She has performed her personal narrative stories for the stage with Portland Storytellers’ Guild, Portland Story Theater, Speakeasy DC, and Living Stages.