OUR THERAPISTS

I am a Clinical Social Worker informed by DIR (the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based foundational framework for understanding human development). I have experience supporting children and families of various ages and stages with the challenges associated with the symptoms of sensory processing and regulation, ADHD, presentations of ASD, emotional and behavioral difficulties, trauma, anxiety, and related parenting issues. Joining the client where they are, with a strengths-based perspective, we work to identify, explore, and process affective internal states, develop social-emotional aptitudes, and nurturing pro-social cognitive narratives.

Amy Bebergal, LCSW

artrelief.amy@gmail.com

Office Manager, Supervisor

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

DESE, Certified School Adjustment Counselor

Amelia Crawford, LMHC-EXT

artrelief.amelia@gmail.com

Supervisor, Piano Instructor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Certified Expressive Arts Therapist

I received a masters degree in mental health counseling and intermodal expressive arts therapy in 2012. My artistic background is in music, as a teacher and performer. I have studied extensively in the field of West African and Haitian folkloric dance. I also have years of experience working in jewelry design and production, including metallurgy, stone inlay and bead work.

As an intermodal expressive arts therapist, I use a range of artistic modalities in working with clients, including music, dance, visual and fabric arts, as well as writing, play, and talk therapy. Meditation techniques, dialectical behavioral therapy and a client centered,trauma informed approach are also strong components in my therapeutic work.

Edward Freeman, MA, MHC-DT
artrelief.edward@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Creative Arts Therapist

I am a creative arts therapist and am involved in research in the field. I am devoted to curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation in the creative arts therapies and kinesthetically oriented approaches to mental health counseling.

I’m also an actor and have a lifelong background and rigorous training in the theatre. My passion for the art form is what I bring to all the work I do, and I believe the craft is capable of transforming lives and fortifying resilience when applied skillfully and with intention. I work in all creative arts modalities, though my practice largely is informed by the vitality of the theatre, the structure and transformational freedom of acting technique, the philosophies of dramatic theory, the making of meaning through expressive language and creative storytelling, and the ultimate finding of our connections with universality through artmaking in any form. In the therapeutic process, I’m interested in engaging with a person’s entire physical presence; helping people find spontaneity, ease, and safety in their bodies; sparking a person’s natural ability to imagine playfully and uninhibitedly; and co-creating a supportive, reliable environment for the release of vocal and musculoskeletal tension to reveal and/or foster a person’s authentic self.

I’ve worked with clients and students of most all ages as both a therapist and a teacher and have trained in various acting and physical theatre techniques as well as the Alexander Technique and Fitzmaurice Voicework®. I’m certified in Toxic Stress Reduction and Compassion Care. I am an endorsed practitioner of Rainbowdance®, an early-childhood music and movement program created by Dicki Macy of the Boston Children’s Foundation.

Ran Hua, MA, MHC-AT

artrelief.ran@gmail.com
artrelief.artlab@gmail.com

artLAB Program Coordinator
MA, Mental Health Counselor

Art Therapist

I am Naowarat Irwin or Nonay, a mental health clinician and registered dance/movement therapist proficient in integrating clinical psychotherapy and expressive arts therapies to support and facilitate clients’ mental health conditions. I have a background in Arts and Dance Education and completed my Master's degree in Clinical mental health counseling with a specialization in Dance/ Movement Therapy. Being an artist of my own life since I was a young age, arts have given me a tool to interconnect with myself, my soul, mind, and body, as well as guided me to the path of being, healing, transforming, and growing. I have been passionate and believe in the integrative holistic therapeutic approach of mind-body connection from eastern to western perspectives in clinical practice to promote client’s mental health and wellness. Throughout my career, I have worked with children, adolescents, and families from different racial and cultural backgrounds who experienced various forms of mental and behavioral difficulties, different levels of intensity of trauma, and a wide range of diagnoses.

Ivy Kuhn, MA, MHC-RDT
artrelief.ivy@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Registered Dance Movement Therapist

I received my master’s degree in 

Naowarat B. Irwin, MA, MHC-RDT

artrelief.naowarat@gmail.com


MA, Mental Health Counselor
Registered Dance Movement Therapist

Fluent in Thai language
 

Sarah Morse, LMFT-AT

artrelief.sarah@gmail.com

Licensed Marriage and Family
Art Therapist

I am an art therapist and family therapist. I completed my clinical training in the San Francisco Bay Area and have experience working with clients across the lifespan in settings such as school districts, intensive outpatient clinics, adolescent inpatient units, and community based non profit organizations. Some of the issues I have helped clients with include depression, anxiety, transitions, complex trauma, psychosis, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and the unique challenges sometimes presented with parenting a child who has special needs. Using a trauma informed approach and attachment focused lens, I have found it to be my life work to understand how creative expression can increase our communication with others and enhance our ability to cope and heal. Additionally, it is my goal to decrease the stigma of mental health in our society and use art as a strategy to strengthen communities. Some expressive modalities I utilize with clients include but are not limited to visual arts, music, horticulture, dance, movement, and play. Using a friendly, gentle and strength-based demeanor I strive to help my clients find their inner “voice” and join them on their creative journey to wellness.

Madeline Ludtke, MA, MHC-AT
artrelief.madeline@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Certified Art Therapist

I received my master’s degree in art therapy and clinical mental health counseling. In my own art practice, I have discovered the therapeutic benefits of creating, which inspired me to pursue a career in art therapy. I have gained experience in the field working with individuals of all ages and abilities, including older adults in assisted living settings, individuals with dementia, and people living with physical disabilities and progressive illnesses. I believe that everyone has the potential to engage in the creative process, regardless of their age or abilities. In my practice, I utilize a person-centered and strengths-based approach to meet clients where they’re at and support them throughout their therapeutic journey. I often incorporate the use of a variety of artistic mediums and expressive therapies modalities in order to best meet the needs of those who I am working with. I have used the arts to help individuals utilize their strengths and skillsets, process change or grief in their lives, promote self-care and wellness, and explore themselves and their experiences on a deeper level.

Jonathan Nichols, LMHC-DT

artrelief.jonathan@gmail.com

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Drama Therapist

I graduated with a master’s degree in mental health counseling, trained in the expressive art therapies with a specialization in drama therapy. My training as a professional stage actor and improviser informs my emphasis on relaxation and grounding.

I have experience working with individuals across the age spectrum and in a variety of locales including inpatient recovery programs, residential centers, outpatient offices and client homes. I have served clients with behavioral needs, mood, anxiety and attention deficit disorders, schizophrenic disorders and bipolar disorders.

I use an assortment of art and drama therapy interventions so that each individual has space to discover the emotions and needs that their unique story brings. I provide a safe space of honor and respect for each individual to process what they find in their unique contribution to history."

I am an Art Therapist and received my educational and clinical training in Art Therapy and Counseling. I use art to help folx with symptom management, artistic expression, and emotional processing while also promoting self-care. I believe in the power of non-verbal expression and how we are able to find new things about ourselves through the creation of visual art. I personally enjoy abstract painting and ceramics when creating art on my own, but encourage the use of different media in order to meet the individual needs and goals a person may have.

Tiffany Tong, MA, MHC-AT
artrelief.tiffany@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Art Therapist

I graduated from Lesley University with a masters in mental health counseling with a specialization in art therapy. As an artist myself, I have found therapeutic value in creating, which has led me to a career in art therapy. I have worked with children and adults of all ages, including adults with developmental disabilities, older adults living in independent and assisted living facilities, older adults with dementia, and children living in a residential setting. I have used arts in order to help individuals and families express themselves, learn about themselves, and use the art to grow and heal. 

Shera Weintraub, MA, MHC-AT
artrelief.shera@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Art Therapist

 

I hold an MA in art therapy and mental health, as well as an MFA in oil painting. I have extensive experience with various media, from watercolor, acrylic paints, and oil paints to felting, sewing, paper crafts, clay, and digital media. These creative forms of expression help me and my clients convey mood, feelings, and thoughts which are difficult to let out otherwise. Art practice has not just built up my own art skills, but also allowed me to understand people’s struggle and to develop the understanding into empathy. Art making is a wonderful process to unlock one’s potential--the key to transform suffering to empowering. “Art as therapy” is the belief that I carry throughout my practice.

I work with both youth with mood disorder and autism and adu lts with trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia. I’m passionate to support people to improve self-esteem and self-acceptance through creative expression. I believe that one’s unique strength is a center piece to cultivate resilience, which plays an essential role to cope with life challenges and achieve transcendence.