Alum of Expressive Arts Therapy
Marlena E. Zahm (2011), originally from Massachusetts, has twenty-five years of experience as a dancer. She attended a performing arts charter high school and graduated with a degree in dance & theater and went on to receive her BFA in Dance from UMass, Amherst. Her passion to become a mental health practitioner began in her own work with an expressive arts therapist where she uncovered the medicinal value in her practices as an artist thus beginning her journey as a healing artist. Currently she uses music, poetry, storytelling, painting, and movement in her work with patients as an MFT intern at CPMC. She looks forward to her employment in the future as a movement-based therapist with children experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. She also plans to elevate awareness about the importance of the arts in education to public school administrators through lobbying and fundraising. Marlena believes that children need creative outlets to express their feelings, hopes, and fears. Through the creative process children can enrich self-understanding and compassion.