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”.
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.
Julie Cook is a librarian at the University of Washington, Seattle. Before becoming an information professional, she was a chef/bread baker/pastry chef at various restaurants and bakeries in Seattle.
She received her B.A. in French from Carleton College, a M.L.I.S from the Information School at the UW and completed the Professional Culinary Arts program at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute).
Julie loves to travel, cook and eat delicious food, drink good wine and greatly appreciates a sunny day at the ocean.
Mollie Bryan is multimedia artist and art event producer in the PNW. Her passion for healing through the power of art has always been present and she’s been supporting the arts in roles such as Lusio Light festival founder, Fremont Art Walk Director and Event Director for Best of the NW Art shows for the last 12 years.
Mollie grew up in the PNW, loves the lush rainforests, the power of dance, and exploring psychology. She’s also been a massage therapist, commercial fisherman and holds 2 black belts in Taekwondo.