Catherine Rich, Founding Owner, MAAT, RMHCI
Art Therapist, RMHCI, EMDR trained Therapist
VSA Teaching Artist- State Organization on Arts and Disabilities
A Window Between Worlds Certified Leader- Art for survivors of trauma
Catherine is an Art Therapist and Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. Catherine has a Masters of Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is trained in EMDR and trauma informed approaches.
Catherine got her start using art as a tool for promoting wellbeing while working at a domestic violence shelter in her home state of Virginia. During this time, Catherine traveled to California to be trained as A Window Between Worlds workshop facilitator, using art for women and children survivors of trauma. It was through this program that Catherine realized her dream of combining her two passions, art and psychology, through the field of Art Therapy.
Catherine is fascinated by the connections between the mind and body and has conducted research regarding the effects of art making on stress biomarkers, cortisol, alpha amylase, and heart rate variability for adult survivors of childhood trauma. Catherine enjoys spreading knowledge to others through presentations and trainings and has presented at the American Art Therapy Association's annual conference as well as numerous other regional venues.
Throughout her life Catherine has found personal strength and healing through art and creativity. Believing that EVERYONE can benefit from the healing and enlightening capacity of creative expression, Catherine chose to found Art Affects, LLC in 2012 through which she and a team of highly specialized facilitators serve others through art every day.
Rachel Franklin, MS, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Workshop Facilitator
Rachel is a licensed mental health counselor whose passion for expressive therapy began at a very young age. Rachel has served the clients of Art Affects since 2014. Her experience includes conducting child play therapy for at-risk children, crisis teen-pregnancy counseling, individual psychotherapy for a wide array of clinical disorders, as well as facilitating group therapy for adults battling substance abuse. Rachel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology as well as a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Rachel has personally witnessed the profound impact of creative art therapy that in-depth talk therapy does not always reach. Rachel uses her knowledge and experience to integrate various elements of creative therapy to promote a broad level of healing and empowerment to individuals in need.
Jessica Aloise, MSW, RCSWI
Workshop Facilitator, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Jessica grew up in a family that encouraged a love for the arts. She came to understand the creative process as a learning tool that boosts her confidence and helps manage life stressors. Her passion for the arts found its way into her professional work as a therapist where she began using expressive arts in her work with individuals and groups. She discovered that hands on activities, which spark creativity, result in meaningful dialogue and personal healing. Jessica has been a Mental Health Therapist since 2013 specializing in substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.
Leah Gooley, MS, RMHCI
Workshop Facilitator, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, EMDR Trained Therapist
Leah brings a lifetime of curiosity and compassion to her clients. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, NC. Her experience includes working as a play therapist with at risk children, at a trauma-informed residential treatment center for adolescent females, working with pregnant teens in crisis, running a job training program for women in crisis, as well as with human trafficking survivors in Cambodia.
Leah believes that art accesses a piece of the human spirit that brings healing and self-expression in a way that talk therapy falls short. By giving someone permission to express themselves through various art mediums, a deep sense of freedom, self-compassion, and empowerment is obtained. It is always a privilege to see someone access deeper parts of themselves through creativity and expressive arts.
Morgan is a compassionate and intellectual person who has a special place in her heart for the recovery community. It is Morgan's goal to assert herself by using her talents to make a difference in the recovery community. In addition to her experience with graphic design, Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Morgan uses her knowledge of social psychology in her daily interactions with clients. It is Morgan’s near future goal to pursue a Master’s degree in addiction counseling and/or art therapy.
Lena is passionate about expressive arts and excited about being able to connect with others through the arts. Lena attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she studied Visual Arts and Digital Media. After receiving her Diploma, she went on to study Psychology at Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Family and Child Services. After graduating, Lena began working in human services, at first, by teaching English as a foreign language and, now, by helping adults who are battling addiction. Lena loves having the opportunity to help others by combining her knowledge of Psychology with her passion for the arts.