Francisca Lizana MFTI (2010) A Chilean/American graduate of EXA started her training in the therapeutic use of the arts at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Chile and an MA in Design & Media Arts in England. She has worked in the addiction recovery field in London, San Francisco and Santiago, Chile since 2003.
In 2004 she began offering strength-based and culturally competent EXA approaches in Spanish and English to adults and children in a variety of community settings. In 2011 she was invited to work with refugee & migrants in Chile where she also set up her private practice. In addition, she practiced at an innovative addiction treatment center where she facilitated EXA therapy for the outpatient adult population. She has also taught in an Art Therapy graduate program and has collaborated with Gloria Simoneaux (founder of Harambee Arts).
Since 2010, Francisca has presented her clinical work & imparted workshops in Spain, USA, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru. She recently presented at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference in Berkeley, California. Currently she is involved with the Bay Area Community Resources Agency (BACR) as a Bilingual School-Based Counselor.