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About Christine Evans, Ph.D.

Professional Experience

I have assisted a wide variety of clients in accessing the healing and growth potential of verbal and nonverbal expression in individual and couples therapy as well as in group settings. Many of my clients seek to understand more fully their dreams, unconscious patterns of behavior, or spiritual experiences. They use their work with me to expand already full and meaningful lives. Others want alternative ways to heal the pain of transition, grief and loss, traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or chronic illness and stress.

My clients report:

  • developing more positive ways of self-relating which relieves depression
  • accessing the ability to counter anxiety with self-supportive actions
  • gaining insights as they express and explore the intensity of their concerns
  • settling into a deeper trust of self, born out of the permission for full self expression through a variety of modalities
  • appreciating the space and freedom to access childhood experiences and to integrate them into a fuller sense of self
  • increasing their capacity to communicate effectively with others

Personal Experience

In addition to being a psychologist and expressive arts therapist, my lifework includes being an artist, teacher, mother, and wife. In my early 30s, I transitioned from my first career as a CPA and entrepreneur and began discovering the ever-evolving meaning of creativity in my own life. I am passionate about helping others to awaken to their own unique creative potentials and to manifesting the lives they long to live.

Licensure and Registry

  • California Licensed Psychologist, PSY18533
  • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist – International Expressive Art Therapy Association

Education

  • Ph.D. Transpersonal Psychology, with Creative Expression Certificate, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, with Creative Expression Certificate, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
  • B.S. Accounting, Bentley College

Professional Background

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
  • Co-founder of Living Arts Center
  • Transpersonal Counseling Center, Psychological Intern

Teaching Experience

  • Art in Hospitals 2006 Holistic Art Therapies Conference in Hong Kong, Workshop Facilitator: Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy: A Building Block for Health
  • The Creative Connection®: Expressive Arts as Healing, Co-facilitator/instructor with Natalie Rogers
  • California Institute of Integral Studies, Co-instructor– Masters level class: Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Adjunct Faculty
    • Global Ph.D. seminar – Accessing the Wisdom of the Collective
    • Ph.D. and Masters level classes
      • Transpersonal Approached to Creative Expression I: Everyday Creativity and Expressive Arts
      • Transpersonal Approaches to Creative Expression I: Archetypal Themes in Dreaming and Waking Life
    • Continuing Education Course – Introduction to Person-Centered Expressive Arts
      Therapy in Practice

Community Service

  • Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc., 2006 – Facilitator at annual family retreat                                   
  • Outlet Program, Community Health Awareness Council, 2005-2006 – Facilitator for GLTQQ youth support group      
  • Companions on the Journey, 2003-2005 – Women's Retreat Facilitator
  • Free Event to Express Grief in Time of War, 2003 – Create Peace Inside
  • Kara, Grief Support Agency In-service Training, 2003 – Arts & Creativity as Self-Care
  • Association of Nurses in Aids Care, 2001 – Facilitation of Retreat Expressive Arts Process
  • County of Santa Clara, Office of Human Relations, 1997-2000 - Mediator
  • Attitudinal Healing Network of the Peninsula, 1995-1996 – Secretary of Board of Directors
  • Attitudinal Healing Network of the Peninsula, 1992-1996 -Group Facilitator
  • Mid-Peninsula Family Services, 1994-1995 -Parental Stress and Teen Hotline Counselor

Certificate Programs and Trainings

  • National PTSD Clinical Training Program
  • Kara Grief Support Volunteer Training
  • Unlearning White Liberal Racism, with Robert Horton
  • Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Institute– Four-level/400-hour certificate training, including internship
  • Institute of Authentic Movement– Origins, theory, and practice/beginning and advanced trainings
  • County of Santa Clara, Office of Human Relations– Dispute Resolution Training
  • Mid-Peninsula Family Services, Parental Stress and Teen Hotline
  • The Center for Attitudinal Healing, Volunteer and Facilitator Trainings
  • MidPeninsula Hospice, Volunteer Training
  • Systematic Training for Effective Parenting

Research

The nature and meaning of creative self discovery in adult life. (Doctoral dissertation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 1999). UMI Dissertation Services, 9934564.

Publications and Speaking

  • Evans, C. (Keynote Address Speaker). (2006). Person-Centered expressive arts therapy: Healing beyond words and medicine. Art in Hospitals Holistic Art Therapies Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Create peace inside: A community event to express grief in time of war. AHP Perspective, February/March 2004, pp. 21-22.
  • Art of peace. Newsletter of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, 2003, Edition 2, pp. 9-10.
  • Experience of being in solitude for a month. (Cassette Recording dated 9/17/00). Companions on the Journey, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Attitudinal healing. Communities Magazine, 1995, Issue 86, pp. 42-56.

Professional Memberships

  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
  • The Society for the Arts in Healthcare
  • Association of Humanistic Psychology
  • Association of Transpersonal Psychology
  • California Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
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