NEATA is an affiliate chapter of The American Art Therapy Association (AATA).
We invite you to explore this site to learn more about art therapy in New England.


Objectives of NEATA:

· To encourage the use of art therapy as an effective treatment modality.
· To improve the skills of those engaged in the practice of art therapy through meetings and workshops.
· To encourage the development of professional training opportunities.
· To provide art therapists of New England opportunities for inspiration, connection, networking and support.

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NEATA Board Member 2017-2019

Kara Dembowski, CO-PRESIDENT

kdKara Dembowski, LMHC, ATR is a licensed mental health counselor, art therapist, and artist. She graduated from Lesley University in 2009 with a Master’s in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Kara currently works as a day school clinician at a therapeutic school for students with social/emotional and behavioral needs. She provides individual counseling, case management, and crisis management to students and families utilizing a strengths based and solution focused approach. She looks to incorporate art therapy throughout her work using a variety of media and has experience leading art based groups for children, teens, young adults, and parents focusing on areas such as anxiety, emotional regulation, coping skills, self advocacy, and self care. She has taken part in school wide initiates such as implementing the suicide awareness program, anxiety psychoeducation, and self care with students and staff. She also has experience working with CBT, mindfulness, play therapy, collaborative problem solving, trauma informed care,  and the ARC framework. Kara is an avid artist who carves out time for personal art making as a form of self expression and  to promote self care.  She is excited about being involved with NEATA and the art therapy community.

Kara can be contacted at 

Jana Nadolski, CO-PRESIDENT

jnJana Nadolski, LMHC, ATR
graduated from Lesley University in 2011 with a degree in art therapy and mental health counseling.  In 2011, Jana began working at the Solstice Program, a therapeutic day school and residential program. She began as residential clinician, before transitioning to her current role as the art therapist where she provides group and individual therapy within the school setting, as well as supervises graduate level interns.  Her clinical experience also includes inpatient psychiatric treatment, equine assisted therapy, and trauma-informed yoga.   Jana is also the Assistant Director of Therapeutic Programming for F-R-E-E, an international NGO that provides experiential workshops and trainings for children and caretakers in orphanages in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Along with her clinical experience, Jana coaches high school girls varsity soccer for PMA in Methuen, and teaches art classes at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

Jana can be contacted at

Briana Chalker, SECRETARY

bcBriana Chalker, LMHC, ATR, Licensed School Adjustment Counselor and Counselor Educator, is a graduate of the art therapy program at Lesley University. She currently works in an inner city school system with elementary-aged children. In her work as a school-based counselor/art therapist, she is committed to integrating art therapy into the public school system. Through art therapy, play therapy, yoga, as well as psycho-education, she strives to create more opportunities for art therapy to be used as a consistent approach for children with various disabilities in schools.

In addition, she has an interest in cross-cultural art therapy and interventions and has had opportunities to do this work in both Guatemala and Cuba. She hopes to continue this collaborative work abroad.

Briana is excited for this next professional journey and to assist in further connecting art therapists throughout New England.

Briana can be contacted at 


jkJen is a 2015 graduate of Lesley’s Art Therapy program. She has been working as a case coordinator at the Cape Ann Adult Behavioral Learning center since July of 2015.  Prior to joining the field of art therapy she worked in health care as an Emergency Department technician.  She currently still volunteers in New Hampshire as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.

Jen can be contacted at 


So Hee Ahn, MA, graduated from Lesley University in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Art Therapy. Her clinical work is primarily with at-risk children and adolescents, with the goal of connecting this population with the arts as a means of expression and communication. She also has experience doing art therapy with patients at the Cancer Center of Mass General Hospital. So Hee currently works at a detention unit of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) with male juvenile delinquents. She works to incorporate the arts into everyday treatment with the youth; encouraging the use of the arts as a means of communication, and as a form of self-expression. So Hee hopes to use her involvement with NEATA to connect with more art therapists in the area, and ultimately bring more awareness to the art therapy field in the juvenile justice field.

If you are interested in registering for, organizing, or hosting events and workshops So Hee can be contacted at

Kathryn Racanelli, TREASURER

KathrynKathryn Racanelli, MA, ATR Kathryn is a case coordinator and art therapist at a day treatment program, providing case management and group therapy to adults with chronic mental illness and substance abuse. Kathryn also works as a fee-for-service clinician at an outpatient clinic, providing individual therapy to couples, and to adults with mood disorders, thought disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. With experience in DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing, Kathryn strives to provide empathic, person-centered care by meeting individuals where they are. Kathryn studied painting and sculpture at Haverford College. She went on to complete her master’s degree in Creative Arts in Therapy with a concentration in Art Therapy at Drexel University. Kathryn enjoys art making, laughing, listening to music, and being outdoors in her spare time. Driven by a desire to be more creative and efficient, Kathryn helped to grow the art therapy component of the day treatment program. She developed the fundraising quarterly art show, which has already celebrated 4 openings.

Kathryn can be contacted at 


10245308_10201885313834026_3311148287504435449_nRenee Trudell, MA is a recent graduate of Springfield College’s Art Therapy/Counseling master’s program. Renee has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities in an art program through which individuals were able to display their artwork in the community and sell their artwork. Renee completed her master’s research project on the use of the Diagnostic Drawing Series with adults with intellectual disabilities. Renee also had the opportunity to work with children in a partial hospitalization program. Currently, Renee is an In Home Therapy Clinician at Lahey Health Behavioral Services in Haverhill, MA. Renee is looking forward to meeting new people in the art therapy community.

Renee can be contacted at 

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