Valerie Valentine, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CSAT
Valerie Valentine graduated from Southwestern College with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy in 2005. She is very passionate about art therapy and the therapeutic profession. Her past achievements include creating the art therapy department at Creativity for Peace, an extraordinary organization working toward peace in the middle East; creating and leading various types of therapeutic workshops for adolescents and adults; and working as a clinical art therapist in residential care and private practice for the past ten years. She is qualified and inspired to provide supervision for those working toward independent licensure and to provide Continuing Education for professionals working in the field. Valerie has completed extensive training and certification through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She currently runs a busy private practice in Santa Fe, NM.
“My goals for service to NMATA include an agenda of social activism for the expansion of art therapy services. I envision expanding our professional membership, supporting our student membership, strengthening our community out-reach, continuing to be active in our legislative efforts, and empowering our professional legacy. I know we have powerful skills and talents to offer our clients and our State. I am passionate about creating public awareness of our value. I feel it is extremely important that we, as a grass-roots organization, work for the health of our local communities and the mentally ill within them. I warmly welcome you all to consider how you can serve with us!”
For more on Valerie, visit her website: Valerie Valentine Studios
Or contact her at email@example.com
Alanna Burke-Sindlinger, MA, ATR, LMHC
Alanna graduated from Southwestern College with an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2015. Shortly after graduating she started working at Life Healing Center as a primary therapist working with adults in a residential program who are struggling with addictions, trauma and co-occuring mental health challenges. She transitioned to facilitating the weekly art therapy groups in November, 2016.
Alanna is excited to extend her involvement with NMATA as president elect to help the organization grow and serve the community. She has been involved with NMATA off and on since she was a student at Southwestern College.
Linnea Knoespal, MA, ATR, LMHC
Linnea Knoespel, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC has been loosely involved with NMATA since 2012 and formally served as a professional board member in 2017. She looks forward to stepping into the Secretary Board position for the 2018/9 term to support the further development of the field of art therapy in New Mexico. Linnea is passionate about self-care in a field where secondary traumatic stress is a workplace hazard. She continues to explore this for herself through various avenues and enjoys expanding the dialogue with fellow colleagues about all the varied ways one can practice self-care. She looks forward to heading the Membership Committee as well as addressing some of the social justice issues that have recently come to the surface. Linnea works at Esperanza Shelter as their Child and Adolescent Therapist, providing both residential and non-residential services. In addition, Linnea maintains a small private practice where she works with individual adults. In her off time you can find her hiking the trails of northern New Mexico or snuggling down with a book, her fur baby Fritz and a nice cup of tea.
For contact info, go here: www.riverbedcounseling.com
Christina Calderon, MA, LMHC
Christina Calderon, MA, LMHC graduated from Southwestern Collage with a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist, artist and photographer. She currently works at a residential treatment facility, New Moon Lodge, as a primary therapist for Native American men recovering from addictions. Her deep respect for New Mexican culture is a driving factor for her community based approach to addictions treatment and generational trauma. She also maintains a small private practice, Wild Bird Medicine, LLC where she specializes in dream work and various photo therapy techniques. She is thrilled to be serving the New Mexico Art Therapy Association as a board member this year.
Bethany Moore-Garrison, MA, LMHC
Finding the SAcred in Everything – Bethany works from a heart-centered, mindfulness based, eclectic and integrative approach focused on helping her clients discover and live the life they desire. She is trained and licensed in Counseling/Art Therapy and many modalities that support an experiential & holistic approach.
You can get more information about Bethany on her private practice site:
Mother Root Studio
Dana Simmons, Student Board Member
Dana has been in the healing field since 1997. She operates from a large tool box holding certificates in many and varied trainings. She has been an LMT since 2004 integrating mental, physical, and spiritual healing and specializes in Somatic Bodywork. She has been a Zendo Volunteer doing Psychedelic harm reduction since 2013 and works as an integration specialist for people who have experienced altered states of consciousness and need help integrating back into everyday life. Dana is a mixed media artist and a published poet. She is currently finishing her first year at Southwestern College where she is getting her Art Therapy and counseling degrees and looks forward to her first year on the NMATA board.
Anne Lebednik, Student Board Member
Anne has been a NMATA member since 2017. She’s honored to formally serve on the board for the 2018-19 term, and is excited to engage in hands-on community involvement with the amazing NMATA team. Anne will represent the NMATA chapter at the 2018 AATA Conference in Miami. There, she will also co-present her and her classmate’s performance art proposal, The iStruggle is Real: Devices in and out of the Therapeutic Setting –about what tech use can do to, and for, us neurobiologically and as therapists. Anne is a second year Art Therapy/Counseling student at Southwestern College. She brings a humanistic, existential, strength-based approach to her Practicum practice, and is a big supporter of self-care. Anne loves spending free time with friends, playing improv games, and exploring this beautiful state.
Breanna Cox, Student Board Member, Webmaster
Breanna is a student at Southwestern College, pursuing an MA in Art Therapy/Counseling. Breanna is an experienced Photojournalist and writer with an emphasis on storytelling. She is an Air Force veteran and served as an Aerospace Medical Technician. She is combining her education in art, experience in medicine, and passion for people – for a future in Art Therapy/Counseling. You can read her story here. Breanna ascribes to holistic and empathic approaches. She is honored to be serving the art therapy community in New Mexico on the NMATA board. For more on Breanna, go to BreannasCreations or you can reach her at Breanna.Cox@outlook.com