Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Expressive Art Therapies use a wide range of modalities in the service of human growth, development, and healing. Examples include: art (visual/digital arts), music, movement, dance, poetry, bibliotherapy, play, sand tray, drama, role-playing and storytelling. These therapeutic approaches are often used with individuals, couples, families, groups, and in community-based programs.
The Expressive Arts Special Interest Group provides a dynamic community for LA-CAMFT Members and Friends who identify as expressive art therapists. Our monthly meetings are a joyful laboratory of artistic expression in a safe space. We engage in hands-on experiences and open dialogue about the arts and the creative process in our personal journey and professional path. For scheduled events as well as cultural and social gatherings, please contact our chairs below.
Questions? Contact the Committee Chairs!
Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR
Expressive Arts: Special Interest Group Chair
Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting in the San Fernando Valley. Gina has a deep and life-long love for children and art. She works solely with young children and specializes in children of divorce and abuse. She is bilingual in Armenian (western and eastern dialects). She has extensive experience in school-based settings. She has Domestic Violence certification and has worked with women and children individually and in groups in agency, shelter, and transitional home settings. She has also worked with autistic children and has provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).Gina is also a graphic designer and a "techie" who is passionate about providing freelance marketing/advertising and bookkeeping services. She values being a leadership position — she also serves on the board of SFV-CAMFT and Armenian American Mental Health Association (AAMHA). She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is a forever coffee, blue, and Disney lover. Website: theartofmft.com.