Photo of Nina Strongylou Nina Strongylou

Adjunct Lecturer
Integral Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
School of Professional Psychology and Health

MA, Antioch College

BA, Muhlenberg College

Nina Strongylou, RN, LMFT, RDT/BCT began her career over 25 years ago as a drama therapist and a Marriage & Family Therapist. She is board certified trainer for drama therapists and served as vice-president of the North American Drama Therapy Association and editor of its newsletter.

Nina began her career at the children's unit at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (UCSF), with boys and girls who were hospitalized due to behavioral and mental health issues. She was also a drama therapist at Ross Psychiatric Hospital (Kentfield) conducting groups at the children and adolescent units. In addition, she worked with foster children in San Francisco. For many years, Nina was a group and individual therapist with adults who experience mental illness such as depression, anxiety, mania, and schizophrenia. She was the drama therapist at Boyer House Foundation and a group therapist at the inpatient adult psychiatric unit, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. At Saint Francis Mem. Hospital, Nina developed a training program for MFTi/Creative Arts Therapists where she trained many inspiring drama therapists.

Most recently, Nina became a registered nurse in order to deepen her understanding of the physical body as it relates to psychological issues. In addition to being a psychiatric nurse, Nina is now working in an elementary school where she combines her psychotherapy experience together with her nursing skills to care for her students. Nina has been an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies since 2000. She has taught graduate level courses and supervised students at the Drama Therapy, ICPW, and Expressive Arts Therapy programs.

Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty

Kate Donohue Kate Donohue
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MEd, Temple University ,
BA, Trenton State College,
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 ,
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,
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,
Majal Logan
Program Coordinator,
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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