Julia Volonts MA, LCAT

Art Therapist

Julia holds a Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts. Her clinical experience is within educational, community, and private practice settings and ranges from work with children and families, adolescents, and adults. In 2019, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct art therapy research in Riga, Latvia. She is all about creating a comfortable space for you to express yourself, with the belief that art-making allows us an opportunity to slow down and visualize who we really are and who we want to be. The art acts as a step towards building self-awareness, acceptance, and empathy. Drawing from psychodynamic, humanistic and solution-focused approaches, you can expect to explore your challenges, reframe your self-narrative, and embrace the creative process of self-discovery.

In addition to her clinical experience, she is an active member on the European Federation of Art Therapy (EFAT) professional development committee and former board member of the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA), an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). She has also collaborated on several art therapy exhibitions and participated in the 2017 School of Visual Arts Alumni Art Therapy Artist Residency.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked with non-profit and community organizations to provide art therapy workshops and groups to process this time of uncertainty. She currently serves as the lead researcher and mental health specialist for ISSP Latvia, a contemporary photography platform, to implement a pilot program which will research the benefits of arts in health, specifically collage and photography interventions, in order to treat anxiety and depression within adolescents and adults.