Today, Karen begins a 12-part, six-interview series on attachment and expressive arts therapies. Her first guest is psychologist and arts therapist Cathy Malchiodi discussing trauma and the expressive arts. Part 2 will be released on January 18th.
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. She is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that has provided online and live webinar training to over 20,000 practitioners around the world. A popular presenter and workshop leader, she given over 700 invited keynotes and workshops throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She has authored 20 books, including the bestselling Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and Understanding Children’s Drawings. Her publications have been translated in over 20 languages. Dr. Malchiodi has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, attachment, disaster relief, and adversity. She has assisted over 500 agencies, organizations, and institutions in developing trauma-informed, expressive, and responsive programming including the World Health Organization, United Nations, US Department of Defense, Kennedy Center, Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and numerous universities, mental health, community, and healthcare agencies in the US and throughout the world. For the last three decades she has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families, expanding the range of understanding of non-verbal, sensory-based concepts and methods. Widely interviewed by a variety of news outlets, she has been featured Time Magazine, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others.
She is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.8 million on topics relevant to trauma recovery and restoration of the self, arts in healthcare and mental health, and self-care. A practicing visual artist, percussionist, singing-in-the-shower songbird, and wannabe dancer, Cathy believes in the power of the arts as essential to health and well-being.