Delfina Piretti MA MFT, adjunct faculty in Expressive Arts Therapy is a seasoned body mind healing practitioner who is an all time believer in the power of the arts. In her work as a visual artist she does oil painting and interactive installations such as: Dream Repository Tent, The Sin Eater Cafe, and Tabula Rasa Confessional. Delfina's art directly relates to her work as an expressive arts therapist, her interest in shamanism, Zen Buddhism and her Italian cultural roots. In 2009 she did an artist residency in Southern Italy where she facilitated a dream painting workshop for the village of Noepoli. She has a studio at Workspace LTD in San Francisco.
Delfina graduated from Antioch University West where she studied expressive arts and clinical psychology. She went on to pioneer innovative programs such as Project Sanctuary (one of the first battered women's shelter in Northern California), SAGE (an agency designed to women traumatized from prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation ) where she was the first Clinical Director. She created and implemented expressive arts therapy groups in jails for seven years, integrated expressive arts into an elementary school violence prevention program, and co-created a residential arts based therapeutic community model for folks with chronic mental illness (Northeast Lodge/CPMC/SF). She has done two public art projects with The Sage Project and incarcerated women through the S.F. Arts Commission.
In her private practice she blends the expressive arts with Jungian oriented psychology , dream analysis, hypnotherapy, energy work, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness practice, and yoga. She also incorporates EMDR, EFT, somatic experiencing, sand play, and generative hypnotherapy. She has been in private practice for the past 20 years, facilitates EXA workshops and retreats and does creativity coaching.
In Italian they have a saying: "Devo farlo per le mie ossa". The translation is: " I need to make it for my bones" or meaning I need to do it for my strength. This is the power of the arts.