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.
Theresa works at a day treatment program for adults with chronic mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders, facilitating expressive therapy groups such as Creative Recovery and Expressive Mindfulness. In the evenings, she teaches a college-level creative writing course to individuals in the Threshold Program, a Lesley University sponsored initiative for individuals with developmental disabilities. On a daily basis, Theresa observes the healing effect Art Therapy has on her clients.
Christine Ryan is a registered art therapist, school adjustment counselor, and LMHC eligible. This is her first term on the board as co-Legislative Chair. She is psyched to be a part of NEATA and looks forward to working hard on Massachusetts legislation.
Susan Riedl currently works at a community mental health facility in New Hampshire as a child and family therapist. She is eligible for state licensure as a mental health counselor and is an ATR-P provisional-art therapist. Susan is dedicated to advocating for a professional art therapy license in New England. She is passionate about promoting self-care practices for colleagues in the helping profession both at work and in the community. Susan graduated with her Masters degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana in 2016. She enjoys, hiking, kayaking, gardening, painting in her daily art journal, and spending time cooking with her family.
Bre Cuddahy is a Board Certified Art Therapist that currently works as a Child and Family Therapist at a community mental health facility on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She is eligible for state licensure as a mental health counselor. She graduated from Lesley University with her Masters Degree in 2012 after completing her undergrad and grad programs in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Bre utilizes Art Therapy in conjunction with CBT, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care and Solution Focused treatment interventions to support the youth in the local community. In her free time Bre enjoys watching movies, spending time with family and creating art (ie: Acrylic pouring, zentangles and altered books).
Sarah currently works as a clinical coordinator at a day treatment program for adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Sarah is passionate about using her extensive experience in the arts to promote recovery. She is interested in mindfulness in addiction recovery, sex-positive sex education, and the advocacy for person-centered language in substance use and mental health terminology. Sarah has been a board member of NEATA since 2017. In her free time, Sarah enjoys knitting, kayaking, trying new foods, and listening to podcasts.
Katie Racanelli is a board-certified registered art therapist and licensed mental health counselor, working with adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Participating on the NEATA board since 2013, Katie has served two terms as the treasurer, and as the legislative co-chair for the past year. She is passionate about advancing the field of art therapy nationally and regionally. Katie is excited for the opportunity to serve as President, and is committed to working with NEATA, as well as the New Hampshire and Massachusetts delegates in order to and until art therapy licensure is signed into law.
Jen is a 2015 graduate from the Lesley Art Therapy program. She is an LMHC and an ATR and works for the Cape Ann Adult Behavioral Learning Center in Salem, MA running art and talk therapy groups for adults with persistent mental illness, trauma, and co-occuring disorders. She is also a Nationally Registered Advanced EMT and volunteers for McGregor Memorial EMS in Durham, NH. In her free time she likes spending time outside, and making art, mostly block printing and knitting.
Meghan is a 2015 graduate from the School of Visual Arts Art Therapy program. She is an ATR-BC and currently works at the Integrated Center for Child Development in Newton MA. She uses a holistic and strengths-based approach when working with clients. Her practice focuses on the intrinsic belief that clients become their own most effective healer and that art can act as a fundamental tool to foster this growth. Meghan has worked with children and adolescents in outpatient, home, community-based settings, acute psychiatric, and school settings. In her free time she likes enjoys playing board games, being in nature, drawing, and listening to podcasts.