Lina Claire Meza, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS, Executive Director Lina received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. She is a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Lina has extensive experience providing individual and group based psychotherapy services specializing in fostering emotional expression through the creative process. Her clinical specialization is with special needs populations promoting coping and social skills through the therapeutic use of the art and play. In 2007, Lina was hired by Mercy Home for Children as a Clinical Consultant to implement a pilot art therapy program for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Lina has worked at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center with various populations such as children adolescents, and adults within an inpatient psychiatric setting and adults diagnosed with HIV along with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. She also holds a dual certification as a Child Life Specialist, and has clinical experience providing psychosocial support to children and families with complex medical conditions and bereavement issues. Lina founded the ARTS Rx™ program to expand quality oriented behavioral health services which promote recovery, wellness, and resiliency in underserved communities.
Casey McDermott Burke, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, LCAT Supervisor/Psychotherapist Casey completed her Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Prior to her graduate studies, she studied psychology at Fordham University, and has worked for the New York City Early Intervention Program as a Service Coordinator. Casey has had the opportunity to utilize the medium of art therapy with children on the autism spectrum, developmentally delayed adults, and women living with HIV/AIDS. She has also been able to work alongside music, movement, and drama therapists and has witnessed the benefits of a multi disciplinary approach. Casey believes strongly in the healing potential of art therapy and the importance of both verbal and non-verbal expression.
Emily Hughes, MPS, LCAT, Clinical Lead/ Psychotherapist Emily Hughes received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. She believes in creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to help individuals utilize effective coping tools as well develop constructive solutions to conflict. Her approach is interactive, non-judgmental, and empathic. Emily’s areas of experience involve working with children and families dealing with issues related to depression, foster care placement, autism spectrum disorder and adjustment issues.
Natalie Franco, MPS, LCAT-P, Psychotherapist/Art Therapist Natalie is Bilingual in Spanish and has experience providing comprehensive and culturally sensitive mental health services to families of diverse backgrounds throughout the NYC area. She received her Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Natalie has experience working with adults and children challenged with relationship and attachment issues, trauma, life transitions, anxiety disorders and depression. Her approach is eclectic and client focused which integrates art along with adaptive coping strategies to address behavioral concerns. Natalie strongly believes that creative expression can aid in leading clients to insight, hope and healing.
Angelica Falcinelli, MS, R-DMT, Psychotherapist/Dance Movement Therapist Angelica studied Dance Movement Therapy at Pratt Institute. She is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. Ms. Falcinelli’s area of expertise is in integrative psychotherapy where she specializes in the psychological connection between the mind and body. After completing her Masters Degree training, she has worked with a wide range of adults and children suffering from bipolar disorder, PTSD, developmental disabilities, along with grief and loss. Angelica provides a safe and empathic environment that is tailored to each client’s individual needs.
Latesha White, MA, LCAT, Psychotherapist/Home Based Art Therapist Latesha received her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She takes a proficient and compassionate approach with the children and adolescents she works with. Latesha believes in working with families as a whole by helping each member feel understood and validated. She strives to make meaningful connections and prides herself in the ability to stay centered and aligned with her clients. Ms. White utilizes strength based techniques focused on behavior modification and goal setting. Her area of expertise involves the treatment of stress, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, and self esteem.
Jennifer Friede, MPS, LCAT, Psychotherapist/Home Based Art Therapist Jennifer Friede is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She received her master’s degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. Jennifer has worked with various populations including adolescents and children in the school setting and adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Jennifer has experienced the positive effects of the creative arts therapies firsthand and is dedicated to helping others and offering the gift of art and play to their lives.
Angelica Haviaras, MA, LCAT-P, Psychotherapist/ Art Therapist Angelica completed her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She has experience working with adults and children dealing with issues related to self esteem, hospitalization/illness, grief/loss, mood disorders, and trauma. Angelica believes that therapy can provide the tools necessary to regain a sense of balance and well being in one’s life. She strives to create a safe and nurturing environment in which an individual feels supported in their efforts to change as well as connected with one’s strengths.