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Expressive Arts Therapy
Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
School of Professional Psychology and Health
PhD, Psychological Georgia State University
MA, Physical Therapy University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Wendy Phillips, PhD, REAT, REACE, LMFT, current teaching and research interests are informed by her training in two distinct fields and also by her work as a conceptual artist. During her first career in Physical Therapy, she realized her interest in and resonance with broader perspectives on health including other than Western conceptualizations of illness and healing practices. She studied acupressure and Chinese massage and incorporated these modalities into her therapy with infants and children. Working with infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, she became interested in early infant communication and Intersubjectivity. Spending lengthy periods of time with sick children and children who have disabilities and their families who experienced stress and grief led her to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology.
Her interest in women, families, and ritual informed her doctoral dissertation research about traditional pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and childrearing practices, and ideas about infants' development among women of African descent in three distinct communities. Wendy has conducted research in communities of African and North American Indigenous descent along the Pacific coast, La Costa Chica of Oaxaca and Guerrero states in Mexico. She combines documentary photography with phenomenological interviews as a method of inquiry with the goal of making the narratives of the lived experiences of Afro-descended people readable and make their presence more visible.
She is interested in conceptualizations of illness that include psychological and somatic components and related healing ritual interventions. She has conducted ethnographic interviews in communities along La Costa Chica in Mexico and in communities of their families who have migrated to Atlanta, Georgia to learn about their practices and understandings. This research informed the creation of a body of conceptual artwork. https://www.ciis.edu/about-ciis/the-arts-at-ciis/arts-at-ciis-events/wendy-phillips-la-limpia
She is currently interviewing traditional Zapotec artists about their initiations into their practices, the significance of their chosen materials and the relation between their creative work and their worldviews and spiritual understandings. Her current art based research and conceptual art project is informed by images and narratives of her own ancestors documented in tin type family photos, her relatives' oral histories, and published narratives of formerly enslaved persons that document the physical and sexual abuse and trauma experienced by enslaved women and children.
Advanced trainings include: Certificate in Analytic Psychology from the C.J. Jung Institut in Zurich's Summer Intensive; 2 years training in the New Orleans Jungian Seminar (the first level of analyst training); 1.5 years training in Embodied Imagination Dreamwork by Jungian Analyst Robert Bosnak; and a six month intensive with psychoanalyst Lionel Corbett. In 2015, she began study with Spanish psychoanalyst Susana Rotbard, in TIMD, an art and somatics based approach to Psychotherapy informed by psychoanalysis.
Wendy is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE) per the standards of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). She serves on the IEATA Board as Co-Chair of the REAT Professional Standards Committee.
Wendy founded the Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, El Colectivo Macondo based in Oaxaca, Mexico. El Colectivo Macondo's goal is to collaborate with Traditional Zapotec artist co-teachers and to learn about their practices that can inform our Multimodal work with our clients and in our communities. www.elcolectivomacondo.comPh.D., Psychology Georgia State University 2000
MA Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University 1984
MS Physical Therapy University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 1987
BS, Physical Therapy University of Pennsylvania 1980
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist REAT
Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator REACE
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT