I am honored to have been elected to become the next President of the Institute for Expressive Analysis after having served my term as the first Director, after the Founding Director, Dr. Arthur Robbins stepped down from his position 20 years ago. During the years that followed my original tenure I have continued to evolve in both my own artwork and my clinical understanding of how expressive art media can be integrated within the more classical theoretical constructs of psychoanalysis. I hope to use my experience gained of over 35 years as a teacher, psychoanalyst, creative art therapist and artist to help guide the Institute through challenging times and continue to promote the vision and mission of the Founding Director: to integrate the concepts of both creative, expressive therapy and psychoanalysis into a powerful, depth-oriented treatment modality that promotes personal growth; to help people to become the best that they can through personal insight, introspection and the nurturing of ones creativity as an important part of our everyday lives in achieving and sustaining a sense of emotional well being. Bringing the unconscious into consciousness is central to this goal and expressive modalities provide a portal through which we gain access to our unconscious. It is only then that we are able to mobilize the resources of our more mature ego to re-experience and process unconscious material to bring ourselves into a higher state of emotional harmony that promotes a sense of peacefulness and well being.
It is my personal vision, as President, to continue to refine the training process at IEA to be particularly relevant for those with masters level training in the creative art therapies who would like further their in-depth clinical training in preparation for private practice.