Danielle Drake Danielle Drake

Assistant Professor
Expressive Arts Therapy
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

Danielle Drake, MA, is an Assistant Professor and graduate of the Expressive Arts Therapy program at CIIS. She is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University with her research studies focused on the use of arts, creativity and spirituality in the African American community toward optimal health and wellness.  Danielle has developed curricula for hybrid and online coursework in Community Mental Health, and African-centered Psychology.  She is also a student in a low-residency Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Her work as an Expressive Arts Therapist engages clients in creative writing, poetry, music, and visual arts processes.  She uses a humanistic and narrative informed theoretical approach that incorporates womanist (black feminist), indigenous, African-centered, and liberation psychologies with Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and contemplative practices. Danielle is co-author of book chapter "Womanism, Creativity and Resistance," which is published in American Psychological Association publication, "Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voice of Fire, Acts of Courage." As a spoken word artist Danielle is a former Oakland Poetry Slam Champion, and author of Cast Iron Life: A collection of poems and recipes

Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty

Christine Brooks Christine Brooks
Associate Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
BFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts,
Shellee Davis Shellee Davis
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, BA Sonoma State University ,
Kate Donohue Kate Donohue
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MEd, Temple University ,
BA, Trenton State College,
Danielle Drake Danielle Drake
Assistant Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Lois Friedlander Lois Friedlander
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, Professional School of Psychology ,
BA, University of Kansas,
Francisco Gomez
Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy
Maria Gonzalez-Blue Maria Gonzalez-Blue
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, BA, Sonoma State University ,
Sarah Henley Sarah Henley
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Nicki Koethner
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Ellen Levine Ellen Levine
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MSW, York University,
MA, New School for Social Research; BA, Wheaton College,
Stephen Levine Stephen Levine
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, DSSc, New School for Social Research,
BA, University of Pennsylvania,
Jaime Nisenbaum Jaime Nisenbaum
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute ,
MA, Sonoma State University; MS, Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil,
Patricia Rojas-Zambrano Patricia Rojas-Zambrano
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Shoshana Simons Shoshana Simons
Professor and Program Chair, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MA, The Fielding Institute,
MA, University of North London,
Shanee Stepakoff Shanee Stepakoff
Adjunct Professor , Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, St. John's University; MFA, The New School University; MA, University of Maryland,
MA, W. Lyon University; BA, Clark University; BS, Worcester State College,
Armand Volkas Armand Volkas
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles,
BA, California State University, Pomona,
Phil Weglarz Phil Weglarz
Assistant Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, University of Colorado,
Jack Weller Jack Weller
Faculty Emeritus, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara,
BA, University of California, Los Angeles,

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