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Wellness and the Arts

Tips from a Visual Arts Therapist

Rowe Center

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Reina Lombardi
Feb 14, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
 
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Wellness and the Arts
Tips from a Visual Arts Therapist

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


Reina Lombardi, lecturer

Self-expression as a means of understanding the self and documenting our collective human experience is evident as far back as archaeologists can date. Every year, we learn more about the creative and expressive practices of the people who lived here thousands of years before us through the unearthing of historic artifacts. The impulse to make art can be observed in young children of all cultures, regardless of access to modern art media; even a stick and sand offer sufficient tools for mark-making. Art-making is endemic to all of humanity; thus, it comes as no surprise that it functions as a means of holistic medicine and wellness.

Art therapists use the inherently healing properties of creativity, imagery and expression to facilitate a greater awareness and understanding of the relationship their clients have with themselves and others, as well as fostering healthy and adaptive coping skills for navigating the stressors of modern life. This lecture includes research on the health benefits of the arts therapies, including those experienced by viewing and engaging with art created by others, as the healing benefits are not limited solely to the creator.

This presentation is part of the Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning Wellness and the Arts series.

Reina Lombardi

Reina Lombardi


Reina Lombardi, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMHC-QS, is a registered board-certified art therapist, art therapy credentialed supervisor, licensed mental health counselor and the owner of Florida Art Therapy Services LLC, located in Fort Myers. She is a contributing author in multiple texts on the topic of art therapy, including co-authoring a chapter titled “Arts-Based Approaches to Fostering Adolescent Affect Regulation in Routledge’s Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents,” which drew from a museum-based art therapy group she and co-author Angel Duncan facilitated at Artis—Naples from 2015 to 2020. Lombardi is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences, speaking on the topics of mental health and art therapy. She and her team of therapists provide experiential-focused individual and group psychotherapy services, clinician supervision, continuing education and mental health training opportunities for parents and human services providers. Lombardi is also the host of a podcast, The Creative Psychotherapist.

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