Drena is a graduate of the Pratt Institute masters program in Creative Arts Therapy and the NYU School of Social Work. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University in the Silver School of Social Work MSW program. Drena's approach combines art and talk therapy to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression related to current life challenges, childhood abuse, trauma, daily stress, and work-related burnout. Drena recognizes the power of the creative process combined with cognitive-behavioral interventions in moving clients from "stuck" places that keep them from enjoying life fully and reaching their full potential. With over 15 years experience helping other social workers, attorneys, and therapists deal with professional burnout, she is pleased to translate these effective preventive approaches to parents, entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing individual coaching and supportive groups. She presents regularly on the problem of secondary and vicarious trauma in the helping professions. She holds an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. Her personal art runs the gamut from other-worldly abstract paintings to realistic portraits.
Read an interview with Drena on the NYU Art Therapy blog.
Drena Fagen, LCSW-R, LCAT, ATR-BC