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 Chairs!
Michelle Bee, LMFT
Michelle Bee, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, poet, and the developer of Systems of Ease. Over the past decade, she has been passionately teaching and providing mental health services in the Los Angeles area. Her role as a clinical supervisor assisted in the creation of specific strategies and systems to help new clinicians maintain self-care, healthy boundaries, and develop an authentic therapeutic practice. She specializes in evidence-based practices, expressive arts as therapy, energy psychology and spiritual psychology. Michelle is an active member of the National Association of Poetry Therapy (NAPT). Her poetry book, Searching for SHE, will be released this year. Website: michellebee.com.
Gina Balit, ATR, AMFT
Gina Balit, Registered AMFT, has a deep and life-long love for children and art. She is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under supervision, as well as a Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting, with locations in Tarzana and Brentwood, also providing in-home services in the Glendale, Burbank, and Los Feliz areas. She works solely with young children of divorce, abuse, trauma; who struggle with fear of abandonment, perfectionism/anxiety, and attachment or separation issues. She has extensive experience in school-based settings and also has certification in Domestic Violence, having worked with women and children individually and in groups in agency, shelter, and transitional home settings. She has also worked with autistic children and has provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Gina is also a freelance graphic designer and bookkeeper. She is bilingual in Armenian. Website: theartofmft.com.