Stevie French

The Art Therapist

I believe in a strengths-based approach to therapy that meets the client where they are and gives clients an active role in their own treatment. I tend to integrate multiple perspectives into my work including CBT, person-centered and psychodynamic theory. My experience includes treatment for substance abuse, trauma, mood, psychotic, and personality disorders, intellectual disability, homelessness, and domestic violence. I have worked with adults and adolescents with acute mental illness in inpatient, residential, and correctional settings. I have experience conducting art therapy groups, individual sessions, assessments, developing treatment plans and collaborating with a treatment team.

Social justice issues as related to art therapy are what particularly fuels my work. I am always looking for professional opportunities to promote community awareness and psychological growth in those under-served populations of society.

I have been involved for 6 years with a community arts organization called BuildaBridge. I developed an arts-based/ESL/vocational program for refugees from around the world, co-led a mural project for Bhutanese refugees in Philadelphia, and co-taught a therapeutic arts groups with homeless and refugee children.

Currently I practice art psychotherapy at an outpatient clinic as well as manage¬†BuildaBridge’s Refugee Project, a program which brings creative arts therapists and fine artists into the community to use the creative process in helping refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of torture to heal. Additionally I’m honored to serve as the Events Chair for the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association.

I earned my Master’s Degree at Drexel University.

For more information on art therapy, visit arttherapy.org