Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Expressive Art Therapies use a wide range of modalities in the service of human growth, development, and healing. Examples include: art (visual/digital arts), music, movement, dance, poetry, bibliotherapy, play, sand tray, drama, role-playing and storytelling. These therapeutic approaches are often used with individuals, couples, families, groups, and in community-based programs.
The Expressive Arts Special Interest Group provides a dynamic community for LA-CAMFT Members and Friends who identify as expressive art therapists. Our monthly meetings are a joyful laboratory of artistic expression in a safe space. We engage in hands-on experiences and open dialogue about the arts and the creative process in our personal journey and professional path. For scheduled events as well as cultural and social gatherings, please contact our chairs below.
Questions? Contact the Committee Chair!
Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR
Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR, is a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting in Woodland Hills, CA. Gina has a deep and life-long love for children and art. She specializes in working with young children of divorce and abuse/domestic violence helping them heal from fear of abandonment in particular. She is bilingual in Armenian (western and eastern dialects) and is passionate about helping her community. She has extensive experience in school-based settings, as well as agencies, shelters, transitional homes, and group practice settings. She has also worked with autistic children and has provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). She has Domestic Violence and Grief and Loss certifications as well as trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.
Gina is also a graphic designer and a "techie" who is passionate about providing freelance marketing/advertising and bookkeeping services. She values being a leadership position — she also serves on the board of SFV-CAMFT. She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is a forever coffee, blue, and Disney lover. Website: theartofmft.com.