“Throughout the class, Dr. Barbera moved us from modality to modality, sensitively shifting us from interior work to intellectual work, solitary activities to small group and then large group involvement. Overall, Dr. Barbera led us through the “art of living”: through poetry, art-making, sharing abroad, holding secrets close, making beauty, and risking work which was very personal and perhaps not seen as beautiful, pulling from within to being seen in the light of day. These experiences, as a whole, led us to a greater sense of self and of balance in the world. A model for patiently working with people who have experienced trauma.
Over the last few years as a music therapist, I have used art to support, listen to, and to see my patients more fully. To give them a container to hold their grief and to know that they are not alone. With the tools that I learned in the class I feel more solid in accepting my means of practice using all of the arts, music, visual, movement, written, and life creativity, to create a coherent whole. I look forward to creating a private practice so that the creative work can be utilized more freely, with greater honor, and to expand the work that I have been doing in the fields of addiction and others.”
- Sally Hitchcock,LCAT - Trauma-Informed Creative Art Therapy Program Participant
“Lucy is like a shaman that guides you in a journey of hope and beauty as she shares the wisdom of her teachers. As a visual artist and educator, I cannot stop taking her classes. The gifts she shares will fill your soul.”
- Randi Chalfin, Artist Educator
“Your wisdom, knowledge, and gift for facilitating the group just puts me in a place of awe. What else can I say. I am speechless as I observe you navigate and cope with the different issues and personal/individual issues that arise during the group meetings and ...everyone apparently leaves happy!!!!”
~ Nina Tantillo Elton, Healing Arts Educator
“Lucy is my mentor and she does not know it. Her words breathe life into a thirty-year career that could have burnt out and died. I am so thankful for her absolute underlying perseverance to get her knowledge out to clinicians who want to get real, heal, and create healing spaces.”
~Jennifer Walsh, LMSW-R
Lucy, I must tell you how much the Expressive Arts class has enhanced my toolbox as a therapist. Every time I see progress with a client through using the arts, I think of you and our class. I want you to know how much I appreciate you, the work you do, and the fact that you took the time out of your busy schedule to share your wealth of knowledge with me and so many others. You are truly a blessing to the field, your students, and clients.
~Meg O'Connell-Duffy LMSW, CASAC
I have been a Clinical Social Worker for thirty-three years. I learned all the traditional ways of working with clients. As I grew as a professional, I became aware that I needed to expand my skills to meet the needs of different populations.
When I started the Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program, I was very skeptical. After a year with Lucy, I have a language to communicate with clients on a new level. This course will help professionals grow personally (as they engage in the creative processes they are learning about) and professionally (as they apply what they are learning to their practice).
I am no longer a skeptic. I have been transformed as will all professionals who take this course. ~Paula Martinelli, LCSW
As a clinical social worker in private practice for 35 years, I have continually sought out and
received training in various methodologies. I have completed certifications in Internal Family
Systems and various body-based psychotherapies. Recently, I have enrolled in Lucy Barbera’s
Creative Arts Program hoping to integrate creative expression into my work with clients. Lucy’s
creative art therapy approach is grounded in a client centered psychological model that is
consistent with my own style of therapy. My work has always taught me to balance the verbal
with the non-verbal, whether that be through movement, relaxation, visualization, or art.
Reaching clients through right brain activities and bottom up processing is vital to good therapy.
It provides clients with a new set of tools for processing their inner lives, gaining awareness and
building self-acceptance. It has the added benefit of providing more safety, ease and enjoyment
to the therapeutic process.
Lucy Barbera is a knowledgeable instructor with an easy, compassionate style. She encourages.
process rather than product. After Lucy leads us through a creative activity (such a having a
conversation with clay) she then brings linear reasoning back into the room through journaling
and/or discussion. I have enjoyed this class immensely. I believe the expressive arts should be
part of any educational program for social workers.
- Marcia Gleason, LCSW
"Creative Art Therapy with Lucy Barbera helped my kids successfully navigate a stressful time in their lives. Lucy's presence is attentive, inspiring, and calming. Through creative art therapy she helps her clients to grow in self-confidence and self-understanding. My 'Aspie' kids eagerly look forward to Sandplay Therapy, sculpting monsters in clay, and other creative, nonjudgmental therapy sessions with Lucy."