Online Individual and Group Supervision | Expressive Arts Therapy

Supervision is open to a variety of students and professionals, including those who are working on the Expressive Arts Therapist-Trauma-Informed [EXAT] and Expressive Arts Coach/Educator [EXA-CE]; Registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist [REAT]; Art Therapists who can use additional hours of supervision; Play Therapists who would like supervision in Expressive Arts Therapy; and related practitioners in mental health and healthcare who are licensed or certified by a professional board and who would like to participate for continuing education or professional development goals to learn more about expressive arts in clinical practice. All participants must show proof of malpractice insurance before the first session of online supervision. Participants should have relevant case material to bring to supervision for discussion and follow ethical principles for confidentiality, informed consent and permission in presentation and discussion of any client information.

If you are interested in supervision, please go to this link to complete a brief questionnaire on your background and interests. If you are interested in starting to accumulate supervised hours toward the EXAT or EXA-CE designations, please go to the EXAT and EXA-CE pages on this menu to verify your credentials and pay the initial application fee.

Supervision | Institute Faculty


Emily Johnson Welsh

Emily Johnson Welsh, EXAT, REAT, LPAT-S, ATR-BC, LPCC-S, RYT  has over 12 years’ experience providing expressive arts therapy support and developing resources in trauma-informed approaches and integrative wellness. She is a graduate of Lesley University’s Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling program in 2008 and is a licensed and board-certified art therapist, licensed clinical counselor supervisor, registered expressive arts therapist and a Yoga Alliance Registered teacher. As faculty for the Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy Institute for over 5 years, she brings a current knowledge of expressive arts and body-based approaches that focus on building resilience and community. She provides technology-assisted distance supervision for those working towards the EXAT, EXA-CE, REAT (Registered Expressive Art Therapist), ATR (Registered Art Therapist), and LPAT (Licensed Professional Art Therapist in Kentucky).  Emily’s accomplishments in the field include presentations at conferences for the American Art Therapy Association, Buckeye Art Therapy Association, Kentucky Association for Play Therapy, and International Expressive Art Therapy Association;  authoring and co-authoring chapters in the book Art Therapy and Healthcare (Guildford Press, 2013) ; co-designing and co-facilitating the online artmaking workshop  “Art Therapy + Happiness Project;"  being awarded "Cure Champion" by the American Cancer Society for my accomplishments in bringing expressive art therapy and yoga programming to families fighting cancer. Most recently, Emily enjoys balancing her expressive arts therapies private practice, Art Yoga Love, LLC, serving children, families, and adults, with yoga studio ownership and teaching! She is also enamored with being outside, animals of all sorts, the wonders of parenting, and hopes to never stop learning from these adventure every single day.

Supervision | Institute Faculty

Institute Faculty

Elizabeth Warson, PhD

Elizabeth Warson, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC, EMDR II, EXAT is the founder of American Indian Art Therapy, based on her faculty research associated with the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004-2013). Elizabeth currently resides in northern Colorado where she maintains an equine-assisted and arts-informed private practice, Healing Pathways LLC. As a faculty member for the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, she teaches in person and online poly-informed, equine-assisted, and bilateral stimulation/sensorimotor-informed expressive arts therapy courses. Since 2003, her research interests comprise stress and pain reduction interventions for American Indian cancer survivors and their family members, culturally responsive stress reduction and visual journaling, and trauma-informed interventions. Elizabeth is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (folk and traditional art) for a community-driven Coharie Heritage Empowerment Project, focusing on cultural preservation. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1989 and an M.A. in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in research, from the School of Education at Colorado State University in 2008. Elizabeth has presented at regional and national American Indian and Alaska Native conferences on topics related to medical art therapy, stress and pain reduction interventions, culturally-responsive art therapy, visual journaling interventions, and narrative-based art therapy. Her publications comprise over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in books. As a professional artist, she has exhibited her sculptural work nationally and internationally and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship award.

Supervision | Institute Faculty

Institute Faculty | Supervisor

AriAnna Carroll, LMHC, REAT, EXAT

Ari offers technology-assisted supervision for those working towards the EXAT, EXAT-CE, or REAT designation. She is an EMDIRA trained, EMDR therapist and since graduating from the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at the University of Louisville in 2004, has engaged with groups and individuals of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, residential care settings, in-patient treatment centers, rehabilitation programs, and out-patient mental health therapy settings. Ari is currently in private practice, the first in Iowa to put expressive arts therapy at the heart of client care. She specializes in providing youth and family-oriented services, in addition to working with adults that have a specific interest in resourcing expressive arts. Ari looks forward to providing authentic, structured, web-based supervision that encourages professional growth through supportive dialog, inquiry into theory and approaches, and the active practice of expressive arts modalities. She’s interested in continued exploration into how the relationship between expressive arts therapy, neuroscience, and the expressive arts therapy continuum translates into the flexible use of “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches that encourage whole brain engagement, integration, and restoration within individuals and communities. Her accomplishments include providing supervision and program leadership in multiple locations, creating community-oriented therapeutic arts opportunities for youth and adults, earning certificates in Rhythm 2 Recovery and somatic embodiment and regulation strategies, refining knowledge in private practice development and the clinical documentation process, and partnering with schools in support of twice-exceptional children and families, serving as co-creator and facilitator in presentations and support groups for parents/caregivers of twice-exceptional youth.

Supervision | Institute Faculty

Institute Faculty | Supervisor

Mindy Cardenas, LPCC (NM), LPC (WI), ATR-BC, EXAT

Mindy Cardenas, LPCC (NM), LPC (WI), ATR-BC, EXAT has been an expressive arts therapist for over 20 years, and recently completed a 2 year meditation and mindfulness teacher training certification. She is currently creating classes, trainings, and community mediation space that integrates expressive arts & mindfulness practices in an on-line format. Mindy is a licensed clinical counselor, board-certified art therapist, a registered expressive arts therapist, and a certified mindfulness and meditation instructor. Since graduating from the art therapy program at Vermont College of Norwich University in 1999, she has worked as an art therapist in a variety of settings that have all added in some way to the clinical skills and application of expressive arts, including, Child Life Specialist, clinical staff at Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center, art therapist/group facilitator at RHOC (community mental health), art therapy faculty at Southwestern College, artist for the Arts in Medicine program at UNMH cancer center, and as a clinical supervisor for both art therapy and clinical counselor candidates. Mindy has been a presenter at Gilda’s Club Madison, at the American Art Therapy Association Conference, has provided professional trainings for the State of Wisconsin and agencies that support developmentally delayed adults, and has presented on art therapy and trauma at agencies in both Wisconsin and New Mexico. Mindy is interested the intersections of expressive arts therapy, neurobiology, trauma theory, mindfulness/meditation, community and connection as they relate to and impact therapy, healing, resilience, growth, relationship and presence. Most recently, Mindy has been working in private practice with individuals dealing with complex and compounded trauma, building a website, meditating, and developing/teaching expressive arts meditation classes. Since completing the mindfulness teacher training, she is convinced that compassion is a necessary component of any relationship, and works to hold herself and others with kindness.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Do supervision hours count for continuing education with NBCC?

    No, supervision hours are separate from continuing education and professional development hours.

  • Is there a standard fee for supervision?

    Please contact any one of the supervisors on this page to arrange supervision hours. Each supervisor sets fees for individual and group supervision.

  • What types of supervision are offered?

    Supervisors provide supervision for our EXAT and EXA-CE programs, REAT credential, ATR or LPAT credentials, and other specialized areas including Equine-Assisted Expressive Arts Therapy and other approaches to psychotherapy and counseling.