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OUR THERAPISTS

Keren Arroyo-Mora, MA, LCAT-P, AT

keren@artrelief.info

 

Art Therapist

Mental Health Counselor

Fluent in Spanish

I hold a master's degree in Art Therapy and Creative Development, as well as a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Art Education.    

I work as a therapist and strive to create a calm and energetic environment for my clients, often utilizing humor to encourage reflection without judgment. I specialize in combining art therapy techniques with a strength-based approach to help clients build their resilience. My approach is person-centered, meaning that we will work together to develop new coping skills and increase self-awareness so that the client can live a fulfilling life based on their values.
Over the course of my 12 years as a teacher and two years as an Art Therapist in training, I have gained experience working with primary children (ages 2-18), adults, and families. I have specifically worked with those who have experienced violence or domestic violence, providing individual and family therapy. I also have experience working with adults who are going through mid-crisis situations and addiction. My philosophy is that "the client is the expert of their narrative, and I'm here to support and provide you with psycho-education," informed by my background in teaching and person-centered approach. I am a strong believer in the healing power of art and the benefits of therapy in a person's life. I invite clients to sit with me and work together to find solutions that fit their unique situation. 

I have a masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I enjoy using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (CBT) as well as narrative therapy techniques to help clients reach goals. I focus on strengths-based and person-centered approaches to work to empower and engage my clients. I have experience working with primarily children and families.

I also have a background in Theater, creating props, creative dance and art as both a performer/artist and instructor. I spent many summers working as a counselor at a theater summer camp and acted as a teaching assistant in my creative dance classes in college. Art, theater and dance have been the tools I used to connect with the world my whole life. I use the arts as tools to help foster connection, self esteem and self expression with clients. I have also worked in a hospital setting, providing art materials to patients as well as helping them create art.

Amanda Bysheim, MA, MHC-MT
amanda@artrelief.info

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Music Therapist

 

I received a masters degree in mental health counseling with a specialization in music therapy , as well as a bachelors degree in music technology with a focus in vocal performance. While voice is my primary instrument, I also have experience with guitar, piano, xylophone, world drums, and digital audio software such as Protools, Logic, and Soundtrap. In addition to music, I also have a passion for visual art, knitting, crocheting, dancing, coloring, paper crafts, and more. I have worked with clients of varying ages and diagnoses, in both outpatient and more intensive, in-home settings. I work from a holistic, person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed lens to meet clients where they are at and provide a supportive space on their healing journey. From a young age, I have learned to utilize music to navigate life’s various challenges, hardships, and trauma and would be honored to pass this knowledge on to my clients. Music provides an excellent space to express emotions from a safe distance, provide expression for emotions you may not have words for, and help create new ways to cope with the stress of life. “When words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Andersen.

Ivory Rose Blanchette, MA, MFT
ivory@artrelief.info

artLAB Program Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapist

 

Cecelia Fioriello, MA, MHC-EXT
cecelia@artrelief.info

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Certified Expressive Arts Therapist

 

I received my masters degree in mental health counseling and intermodal expressive arts therapy. From a young age, I have been drawn to various artmaking modalities and experienced the power of self-expression and connection to self through the arts. My artistic background includes writing, visual art making, music, and singing. I believe the process of making art is a powerful therapy. I have had experience in the field working with youth and adolescents experiencing severe anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. As an expressive arts therapist, I utilize a range of art modalities while working with clients. I use a person-centered, strengths-based approach which meets clients where they are to create an authentic therapeutic relationship to best fit the individual needs of the client.

Robert Stull, MA, MHC
robert@artrelief.info

MA, Mental Health Counselor
 

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.

Mika Watabiki Jones, Ph.D., LMHC
mika@artrelief.info

Clinical Supervisor
LMHC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Ph.D. of Expressive Arts Therapy

Fluent in Japanese

I have received a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy, am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Register Therapist of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy, and Parent and Child Interaction Therapy. 
My fascination for how our imagination and creativity can affect our minds, facilitate change and growth, started when I was a college student. I have worked at hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, and Employment Assistant Programs in Japan and the United States for almost 20 years. For the last seven years, I have focused on trauma treatments using expressive arts therapy with family, children, and youth. Expressive arts therapy can be a helpful recovery tool for people who have experienced traumatic events. I want to support them in developping themselves and helping them engage on their life journey. 

I joined the ARTrelief team as a therapist and Clinical Supervisor for therapists and Student Interns.

I am a clinical mental health counselor. I have a number of years working with youth and adults in a variety of different settings such as a residential, an addiction treatment program, and nursing homes. Within these settings I worked with diverse populations which was highly informative for my commitment to social justice and inclusivity. My passions include some of the many different forms of art in which I have practiced such as writing, music, and circus arts. I have witnessed the transformative experience of art and strive to bring that into people’s lives. I believe the ability to express oneself in a healthy way is one of the most powerful tools to increase functioning and decrease symptoms. I want to help people make meaning out of their experiences and feel it is a privilege to be a part of a healing process where that takes place.

Melissa Walsh, MA, MHC-ATR
missy@artrelief.info

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Art Therapist

As an art therapist at Art Relief, I hold a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy. My undergraduate background in Sculpture has provided me with a strong foundation in the visual arts, which I now utilize in my practice. During my time in college, I discovered a profound passion for puppetry, an art form that I have since incorporated into my work as an art therapist.

 

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is the opportunity to combine my two greatest passions: art and mental health. I firmly believe in the transformative power of art and its ability to promote healing and self-expression. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found a career that allows me to make a positive impact on the lives of others while pursuing my own artistic and professional goals.

Edward Freeman, MA, MHC-DT
edward@artrelief.info

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Certified Drama Therapist

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