Sibel Golden PhD, LMHC, REAT

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.

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Karina Brossmann, BFA

Karina Brossman 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.

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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Barbara Dunn, phd, licsw, mt-bc

Barbara Dunn is a passionate believer in the power that music has to move people and to create positive change. She is inspired by Buddhist Psychology practices that offer practical tools for dealing with life’s challenges and complexities, including mindfulness-based practices and empowering approaches to fear.
 
Her clinical experiences encompass more than 25 years as a therapist in a wide range of settings, including private practice, hospitals, outpatient oncology, rehabilitation, home health, hospice, mental health centers, nursing homes, and group homes.

Barbara’s educational path began with vocal studies and music therapy, which grounded her in music then led her to social work. It is there she learned more about therapy, social change, and advocacy. She traveled to the South Pacific to study ethnomusicology and learned about indigenous peoples and how other cultures use the arts to address societal and personal problems. With major conflicts exploding around our world, she wanted to use her knowledge of the power of music to heal and create change. This motivated her to engage in doctoral studies that explored the use of music as a tool for mediation. All along the way, she sang!

Sarah Engelskirchen-Bugler, LMHCA

Sarah Engelskirchen-Bugler is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and her Master of Arts in Counseling degree from City University of Seattle. Sarah is also a proud alumni of Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy Professional Training Program.  

Sarah has experience working in community mental health, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings with adults, adolescents, and children, focusing on LGBTQ+ mental health, codependency, anxiety, trauma, and self-image. Foundationally, she practices from a humanistic, person-centered, relational-cultural, and narrative framework while also incorporating tools from a plethora of theoretical orientations depending on each client’s unique needs.

In particular, Sarah views expressive arts therapy as an accessible and empowering approach for clients to express themselves authentically and holistically. Throughout her life, Sarah has felt a strong connection to creative writing, dance, and theatre – all of which have been imperative to her own healing. She is also an experienced children’s dance instructor and choreographer who has written and directed youth plays, one of which she published into a children’s book. In addition to providing therapeutic services and sharing her love of the arts with others, Sarah currently writes blog posts and creates social media content for a New York mental health agency specializing in maternal mental health and women’s issues. 

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.

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.

Pamela Krueger, MA, MFA, LMFTA

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.

Karla Mancero, LMFT

Karla Mancero is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She recently earned her professional certificate in expressive arts therapy from NWCEAI in 2020.

Currently, Karla has a private practice for child and family therapy called Adapt to Growth Therapy. Karla was a therapist for the WISe program for 4 years at Compass Health helping children and families.

It should also be mentioned that Karla thrives when she is being artsy and creative but her first love in the expressive arts is poetry. She has been a part of hosting and organizing poetry readings and art salons in both Baltimore, MD and in Seattle, WA. She has been a participant and member of other poetry groups involved in writing, workshopping, and reading poetry. Her first venture into using poetry as therapy was as a student of The Wordsworth center in 2002-2004. Karla also attended a Pongo teen writing method workshop in 2015.

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Angel Morgan, PhD

Angel Morgan, Ph.D. founded Dreambridge (thedreambridge.com) in 2008. She
specializes in dreams, creativity, and the connection between the two (Dream-Arts).
She has worked with adults, children, teens, and parents as a Dream-Arts educator
since 1995.

An interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker, she received her Ph.D. in
Psychology after completing the Dream Studies and Creativity Studies programs at
Saybrook University. Before that, she received an M.A. in Human Development from
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Theater, Film, and Television from
UCLA, and is a graduate of the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

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

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.

Shoshana Simons PhD, RDT

Shoshana Simons is Full Professor and Co-Chair of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CIIS. Trained as a drama therapist and voice actor, Shoshana has a rich background in integrating performance and expressive arts structures into multiple contexts of work with children and adults in educational, therapeutic and larger systems. She has a particular interest in the integration of the arts into spiritual practice and socio-emotional development. She is passionate about using the performance and expressive arts as catalysts for healing and social change.

Over the last several years, Shoshana has focused on developing an expressive arts-centered approach to narrative therapy and is currently involved with the development of a blended learning Certificate Program in Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy. Shoshana is highly skilled in the art and science of teaching and curriculum development. She has over 20 years of practice integrating experiential learning methodologies into her classes, both face-to-face and online. In the early 1990’s she pioneered teaching blended learning classes in Narrative Therapy in Goddard College’s MA Counseling and Psychology program.

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.

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.