Danielle Drake Danielle Drake

Associate 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

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