VICEPRESIDENT OF RECREA
EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIST
PROFESSIONAL FAMILY COUNSELOR
Since 2005 I help children and adults cope with anxiety and stressors related to developmental disorders, chronic illnesses, grief and trauma through the therapeutic use of the expressive arts. I have worked in hospital and university settings in the U.S.A., as well as public mental health services and private practice in Southern Italy.
As a professional family counselor with formal training in dance, creative writing, drawing, and painting I chose to specialize in Art and Dance/Movement Therapy because of my personal experience with the healing power of the creative arts in the midst of trauma and chronic illness.
By combining talk therapy with an art-based, body-informed approach to counseling, I have witnessed how working on the mind through the body and the creative processes brings significant changes in personality, even in situations where verbal communication is limited or compromised by age or illness.
Born American and raised Italian, I have mastered the art of integration. From the assimilation of two languages and cultures, to the synthesis of diverse areas of study, I am most passionate about exploring the relationship between creativity and mental health, somatic practices for grief work, and promoting the communicative, therapeutic and rehabilitative power of movement across developmental stages and challenges.
I hold a four-year diploma in Art and Dance/Movement Therapy (Art Therapy Italiana, Bologna, 2018); a three-year diploma in Family Counseling (Apulian School of Family Counseling, Taranto, 2011); and a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Family Counseling (Johnson University, Knoxville, 2005). Currently, I am pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology.
In my free time, I nurture my own creativity by participating in art shows, as a member of the art association "La Sfera", as well as dance improvisation classes and body work with internationally reknowned teachers such as Andrew Harwood, Frey Faust, Peggy Hackney, Julie Stanzak, and Marigia Maggipinto.
- Associazione Italiana Consulenti Coniugali e Familiari
- Art Therpay Italiana
- Associazione Professionale Italiana Danzamovimentoterapia