Julia Volonts is a licensed art therapist and artist specializing in collage and mixed media art. Her art practice developed as a desire to observe her own need to create and understand the impact art has on emotional health and well being. She believes that art allows us the capacity to heal, process, and explore the many different parts of the self. With collage, she selects images to create work that is of a minimal and abstract nature to explore the inner and outer parts of the human experience.

Originally from New York City, Julia is currently based in Rīga, Latvia on a Fulbright grant to conduct art therapy research. Her current research focus is art-based supervision through response art and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated trans-generational trauma.

She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts and most recently worked for New York Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC, a group private practice located in Brooklyn, NY. Her clinical experience is within educational, community, and private practice settings and ranges from work with children and families, adolescents, and adults.

In addition to her work with clients, Julia served on the board of the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA), an affiliate of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), to further her involvement in the creative arts therapy community. She has lectured and performed workshops at art therapy and mental health conferences. Her interests also extend to art therapy exhibition, where she co-curated several art therapy exhibitions and participated in the 2017 School of Visual Arts Art Therapy Alumni artist residency.

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