Creative Connection: Managing Grief, Loss and Separation
Guest Speakers: Charleen Meyer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Creativity Heals and Dana Wyss PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Director of Training, Star View Adolescent Center
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Meet the Guest Speakers
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Creativity Heals
Charleen Meyer, MA, LMFT, ATR, SEP is a licensed marriage and family therapist, art therapist, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in the Beach Cities area of Los Angeles. Charleen has always been a lover of the arts, from dance and performance art to visual art, since childhood. She studied drawing and painting at SFSU, where she earned her bachelor degree and re-experienced the therapeutic value of the art making process. Once she discovered that there is a profession that incorporated her love of art making with her passion for helping others, she went on to attend graduate school at LMU, where she earned her masters degree in marital and family therapy, specializing in clinical art therapy.
Charleen has over ten years of experience working with teens and adults in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings. Her holistic philosophy about wellness led her to become certified in a mind-body treatment approach called Somatic Experiencing. Charleen’s passion for the arts coupled with her philanthropic heart also inspired her to co-found a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Creativity Heals that connects communities to the arts through arts workshops and arts based fundraising events. When Charleen is not making art with clients or her community, she is busy making art with her two children, weight training, or adventuring in nature.
Dana Wyss PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC
Director of Training, Star View Adolescent Center
Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC is a licensed marriage and family therapist, board certified clinical art therapist, and is coauthor of The Invisible String Workbook. Her doctorate in expressive therapies has led her to create programs integrating art, music, poetry, dance and animal assisted therapy in the healing process for clients and the self-care of staff. For the last 20 years, Dr. Wyss has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nonpublic school settings to manage crisis, conduct trainings, coach staff, and support children and families. Dr. Wyss is currently the director of training at Star View Adolescent Center a psychiatric hospital and secure group home specializing in the treatment of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Wyss is a national trainer and consultant with the Center for Trauma Training and national trainer to raise awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children. She uses her creativity for her own healing as well as to support others.
Dr. Wyss is an artist specializing in photography, mixed media, and oil painting. Over the last twenty years she has learned to use her creativity to support her healing and progression through several difficult and wonderful life experiences. Originally working in photography and mixed media Dr. Wyss spent the first part of her art career exploring multiple types of media and honing her photographic eye. Photographing what is all around to capture beautiful moments that often go unseen. In the last 5 years she has studied under the Master Artist Rino Gonzales refining her skills, building confidence in her artistic voice, blending her love of the unusual with the realistic style of her mentor, and creating art for personal healing.