Art Therapists and Referrals in the LA area

Noah Hass-Cohen (Encino, CA)                  Anne Galbraith (Los Angeles, CA)
Gabriela Acosta (Lancaster, CA)                 Erin King-West (Los Angeles, CA)
Sanie Andres (Lancaster, CA)                     Ruth Subrin (West Los Angeles, CA)
Gwen Barry (Sherman Oaks, CA)                Angeliina Tautz (Los Angeles, CA)
Richard Carr (Los Angeles, CA)                  Robin Vance (Los Angeles, CA)
Joanna Clyde Findlay (Los Angeles, CA)

Noah Hass-Cohen, M.A., A.T.R.-B.C., L.M.F.T.

Noah Hass-Cohen, M.A., A.T.R.-B.C., L.M.F.T., is the founder and Director of the Art Therapy Program at the Phillips Graduate Institute. She is also core faculty member in the Master of Arts in Psychology Program. Under her leadership, the Art Therapy Program has received national approval by the American Art Therapy Association in 2003 and has been developed to include a contemporary focus on the application of relational neuroscience to art therapy. She is a frequent local and national presenter on the topic. Her presentation Whither Art Therapy? Practical Applications and Theoretical Influences of Clinical Neuroscience was selected for opening plenary session at the 2005 annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA and was very well received.

Mrs. Hass-Cohen is committed to the academic and professional investigation of relational issues that actively supports multicultural consciousness and pro-change action. Her academic passions also include family therapy, systems approaches, non linear dynamics, child development and research. She has a rich experience in teaching these courses at Phillips Graduate Institute and at California School of Professional Psychology and Ryokan College. Noah is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Her research interests are also aligned with her interests in clinical neuroscience and aims are to use neuropsychological testing data to contribute to knowledge about the early diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) for a sample of 63 older MCI African American community adult dwellers in central Los Angeles.

In private practice, Noah specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, art therapy stress reduction approaches, medical art therapy, grief and bereavement issues, and provides clinical and art therapy supervision. Originally practicing art therapy in Israel 20 years ago, Noah brings enhanced understanding of cultural diversity and the dynamics of migration to her practice and teaching. In her spare time she enjoys taking classes in pastel drawings. Noah can be reached at noah@pgi.edu.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Hass-Cohen, N. (2005, November). Whither art therapy? Practical applications and theoretical influences of clinical neuroscience. Selected for opening plenary session at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.

Hass-Cohen, N., King-West, E, & Carr, R. (2005, November). The science of art therapy treatment for chronic multiple trauma. Selected for panel presentation at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.

Hass-Cohen, N. (2005, November). Neuroanatomy science for art therapists: A studio art creative learning experience. Pre-conference course at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.

Hass-Cohen, N. (2005, May). Contemporary family art therapy: Compassionate African-American families in the face of adversity – reflecting teams and in-vivo demonstrations. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Hass-Cohen, N. & King-West, E. (2005, April). A passion for learning: Integrating clinically applied neuroscience (CAN) information in a Masters in psychology/art therapy program. Presentation at the annual national meeting of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, San Diego, CA.

Hass-Cohen, N. & King-West, E. (2004, November). Evidence-based art therapy teaching: A special theme preparatory review. Selected for presentation at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, San Diego, CA.

Hass-Cohen, N & Carr, R. (2004, May). Application of clinical neuroscience to art therapy: three cases. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Hass-Cohen, N. (2003). Art therapy mind body approaches: Some applications of relational neuroscience to art therapy. In Progress: Family Systems Research and Therapy, 12, 24-38.

Hass-Cohen, N. (2003, May). Application of clinical neuroscience to art therapy. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Gabriela Acosta, M.A.

Gabriela Acosta, M.A. currently works for The Children's Center of Antelope Valley, a private non-profit community based agency designed to deal with the problems of child trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, with children, adolescents, and their families. She also has a private practice where she focuses working with Latino families both individually and in their family system.

To contact Gabriela Acosta:
661-510-9392
gacosta1@prodigy.net

Children Center of the Antelope Valley
1055 West Ave. M.
Lancaster, CA 935534

Private Practice
Professional Counseling Services
44738 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Sanie Andres, M.A.

Sanie Andres, M.A., is an adjunct faculty member in the Art Therapy Program and an alumnus of the Marriage & Family Therapy/Art Therapy programs at Phillips Graduate Institute. Sanie is employed by a community mental health agency specializing in child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. In addition to individual therapy he also facilitates an art-therapy-based adolescent anger management group, and incorporates the use of art therapy with current research in the treatment of juvenile sex offenders. Sanie is also a partner in a private practice, where he uses art therapy with high-risk youth and is a guest lecturer for the Child Development Center of Antelope Valley College.

Gwen Barry, M.A., A.T.R., L.M.F.T.

Gwen S. Barry, M.A., A.T.R., L.M.F.T., is an adjunct faculty member in the Art Therapy Program. She has a private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA where she works with adults, children and adolescents, individually and within their family system. Gwen has a special interest in women in transitional stages of life and injured workers. In the community, she works in hospital and residential settings with patients who suffer from chronic mental illnesses including major depression, schizophrenia and dual diagnosis. Her favorite responsibilities include supervising art therapy trainees and interns and teaching art therapy. In her free time she creates art, studies contemporary psychoanalysis and serves on the board of the Southern California Art Therapy Association.

Richard Carr, Psy.D.

Richard Carr, Psy. D., has been an adjunct faculty member in the Art Therapy Program since 2000. His courses provide an integration of biology, neuroscience, anthropology and attachment theory with art therapy and psychotherapy. A consultant to those in private practice on the application of neuroscience to psychotherapy, he has also given numerous presentations and workshops on such topics as stress, love, functional neurobiology in psychotherapy, infant and adolescent brain development, and trauma treatment. Richard has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UCLA, a master’s and a doctorate degree in psychology from the American Behavioral Studies Institute and is certified as a mediator by Pepperdine University Law School. Utilizing his background in working with children and parents at the LA City Schools and Oakwood Secondary School, he has provided pastoral counseling as a non-denominational minister to individuals, couples and families for over 30 years.
Recent Presentations/Publications

Carr, R., Hass-Cohen, N., & King-West, E. (2005, November). The science of art therapy treatment for chronic multiple trauma. Selected for panel presentation at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.

Carr, R. (2005, February). The Neurobiology of Love, I & II. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Carr, R. (2005, January). Functional Neurobiology, Assessment and Early Phases of Psychotherapy. Workshop presented at the California Family Counseling Center, Encino, CA.

Carr, R. (2004, December). Stress, Love, Life: a Neuroscience View. Workshop presented at the San Fernando Valley Counseling Center, Encino, CA.

Carr, R. (2004, December). Hidden Impact of Stress in Therapy. In APA, Division 39 Newsletter.

Carr, R. (2004). Mind/Brain Research at Work in the Psychotherapy Setting. Workshop presented at the California Family Counseling Center, Encino, CA.

Carr, R., & Hass-Cohen, N. (2004, May). Application of clinical neuroscience to art therapy: three cases. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Carr, R. (2003). The Impact of Stress on Pregnancy. Workshop presented at the California Family Counseling Center, Encino, CA.

Carr, R. (2003, May). The Psychodynamics of Stress. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Joanna Clyde Findlay, M.A., A.T.R.

Joanna Clyde Findlay, M.A., A.T.R. is an adjunct faculty member of the Art Therapy and MFT programs at Phillips. She teaches Research and Child Development for both departments as well as Studio Art and Art Therapy applications. Joanna also provides individual and group Art Therapy in a residential treatment program with delinquent adolescents in the San Fernando Valley where she has worked for 7 years. In addition, Joanna is a certified MARI® Mandala Assessment Instructor. As a graduate of PGI she enjoys her contact with the students as advisor and instructor and hopes to impart her passion for the profession and the dynamic process of becoming a therapist.
Recent Presentations/Publications

Clyde Findlay, J. (2005, 2004, 2003). Introduction to the MARI® Mandala Assessment: Circle Art Approaches to Assessment, Treatment and Art Therapy. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Clyde Findlay, J. (2003). Yoga and Pregnancy. Workshop presented at the California Family Counseling Center, Encino, CA.

Clyde Findlay, J. (2003). Introduction to the MARI® Mandala Assessment: Circle Art Approaches to Assessment, Treatment and Art Therapy. Presentation at the Southern California Art Therapy Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Clyde Findlay, J. (2003). A cryptogram from the self: Using MARI® Card Test© and MARI® Assessment to find a profile for male juvenile sex offenders. In Progress: Family Systems Research and Therapy.

Anne Galbraith, M.A., A.T.R., L.M.F.T.

Anne Galbraith, M.A., A.T.R., L.M.F.T. is an adjunct faculty member in the Art Therapy Program. She has a private practice in West Los Angeles, CA where she works with adults, couples and families focusing on chronic or progressive illness, pain management, stress reduction, and grief. She is assistant director at OPICA Adult Day Center where she facilitates support groups for family caregivers, as well as people newly diagnosed with cognitive impairment. In addition to her clinical work she enjoys providing art therapy supervision for trainees and interns at OPICA. Anne also works at UCLA M.S. Achievement Center, where she facilitates art therapy support groups. Anne finds the process of teaching art therapy students to be an enriching experience and is inspired by their growth and development. In her free time she loves to explore and expand her creative awareness through painting and improvisational dance.

Erin King-West, M.A., A.T.R., L.M.F.T.

Erin King-West, M.A., A.T.R., L.M.F.T., is core faculty in the Art Therapy Program. She teaches the application of art therapy with clients, art therapy assessment tools and research. She also works for the art therapy department in an administrative capacity. In private practice, Erin works with individuals who, traumatized as children, have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disassociative Identity Disorder. She has presented her work at the American Art Therapy Association’s annual conference and Phillips Graduate Institute’s Workshop Week, She also supervises art therapy interns gaining hours for registration. In 1995, Erin won the coveted "Supervisor of the Year" award from Loyola Marymount University. Erin enjoys teaching Phillips' small group classes, which she believes provide an intimate learning experience. In Erin’s spare time, she ice skates and works in her garden.
Recent Presentations/Publications

King-West, E., Hass-Cohen, N.& Carr, R. (2005, November). The science of art therapy treatment for chronic multiple trauma. Selected for panel presentation at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.

King-West, E., & Hass-Cohen, N. (2005, April). A passion for learning: Integrating clinically applied neuroscience (CAN) information in a Masters in psychology/art therapy program. Presentation at the annual national meeting of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, San Diego, CA.

King-West, E., & Hass-Cohen, N. (2004, November). Evidence-based art therapy teaching: A special theme preparatory review. Selected for presentation at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, San Diego, CA.

Ruth Subrin, M.A.

"Art Therapy is a wonderful tool that allows be to work with individuals. I find it easiest to use with my teenage clients as it allows them to explore topics that would be difficult to process without the use of the art. Using art with elders, the chronically mentally ill and individuals with chronic disease is also very rewarding as it allows them to laugh, tell their stories and build self esteem. Elders and those with chronic illness feel lonely, isolated and mourn the loss of the "full life" that had before prior to their new situation."

From working with elders on her internships, Ruth (along with colleagues Anne Galbraith, Tamy Cohen and Drew Ross) has developed a syllabus of directives for working with elders and those with cognitive impairment. Ruth, Anne, Tamy and Drew plan to present their directives to the Art Therapy community and hope to co-author a book on working with elders and the cognitively impaired, as well as contribute to the discussion in the field.

To contact Ruth Subrin:
310 283-4986

California Graduate Institute Counseling Center
West Los Angeles, CA
310 208 7187 x410
Adult (all ages with special experience with aging, bereavement and transitions) children and groups on a sliding scale basis

Poseidon School
West Los Angeles, CA
Therapists to teenagers with educational and emotional problems

The Multiple Sclerosis Society
West Los Angeles
Running a group once a week for individuals suffering from this chronic disease

Assisted Living Facilities: Sunrise Pacific Palisades and Avalon Encino Hills
Run reminiscing/ art therapy groups 4 times a month

Angeliina Tautz, M.A.

"Art Therapy has allowed doors to be opened in my professional career as well as my personal life. I have experienced many insightful moments with clients, clincians, and myself through the practice of allowing the art to speak for itself. In combination, Neuroscience has boosted my confidence and expertise when discussing and educating how Art Therapy works. Learning the dance of Art Therapy and Neuroscience has placed me in the front lines of cutting edge research. I plan to continue my education in Clinical Psychology by adding on a 3 yr program focusing on Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, Ph.D in the Spring 2006. This program will be very exciting and I look forward to all the new opportunties."

Robin Vance, M.A., A.T.R.-B.C., L.M.F.T.

Robin Vance, M.A., A.T.R.-B.C., L.M.F.T., is an adjunct faculty member in the Art Therapy Program, focusing on the use of art therapy as a mind/body exploration. In addition to teaching at Phillips, she has been registered as an art therapist for over ten years and maintains a private practice, focusing on chronic illness, trauma, abuse and children and their families. Robin also works with children and parents at a homeless shelter where families live for fifteen months. What she likes about teaching at Phillips is sharing her enthusiasm for therapy with graduate students. She finds that becoming a therapist is an exciting and challenging experience, and teaching allows her to “know” what she knows while allowing her to explore theory and change more deeply with students. Robin is also a practicing multi-media artist who exhibits regularly in the Los Angeles area and was included in Working with Images: The Art of Art Therapists, edited by Bruce Moon (Charles C. Thomas, Publisher).
Recent Presentations/Publications

Vance, R. (2005). Empathy, Connection & Compassion: Experiential Exploration. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Vance, R. (2005). Introduction to Art Psychotherapy. Workshop presented at the Foothill Family Service Agency, Pasadena, CA.

Vance, R. (2005, 2004). The Dynamic Duo: Art Therapy & Neuroscience. Workshop presented at the San Gabriel and North Hollywood chapters of Marriage and Family Therapists, Pasadena, North Hollywood, CA.

Vance, R. (2004). Art Therapy as Bridge Building: Experiential Exploration. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Vance, R. (2003). Art Therapy Case Presentation. Presentation at the annual Phillips Graduate Institute Workshop Week, Encino, CA.

Vance, R. (2002). Use of Breath to Reduce Stress. Presentation at the Conference of Eastern & Western Psychology: How They Work Together, Hsi Lai University, Rosemead, CA.

Vance, R. (2002). Published in Working with images: the art of art therapists (B. Moon, ed.). Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas.

Vance, R. (2001). Mandalas for Psychological Healing. Workshop presented to Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple, Hacienda Heights, CA.

Vance, R. (2001). Warning Signs of Trauma in Children’s Art Expressions. Presentation at the conference of Los Angeles Association of School Psychologists, Studio City, CA.




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