Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

Experienced psychotherapist with expertise in developing cooperative and lasting relationships. Diplomatic and team oriented which contributes to a productive work environment. Exemplary communication skills and eight years of knowledge in training and educating staff members, interns and volunteers.

  • Crisis management
  • Interviewing expertise
  • Solution focused
  • Detail oriented
  • Engaging motivator
  • Event management
  • Increased participation in children's events exponentially.
  • Increased program funding through fund raising efforts
  • Nationally Registered and Board Certified (ATR-BC, 2005 & 2006)
  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT, New York, 2007)
2011 to Current
Child and Family Counselor/Art Therapist YWCA Greenwich City, STATE,
  • Attend community meetings and present at community agencies for the purpose of outreach.
  • Conduct trainings for new staff, interns and agency volunteers.
  • Supervise and manage interns and volunteers for all children's programs
  • Curate yearly Domestic Violence Awareness Art Show event.
  • Organize, promote and manage monthly "Buddy Party" event for the children receiving services from the agency.
  • Organize and facilitate weekly Banana Splits: Support Group for Children of Divorce for elementary aged children throughout the school year.
  • Conduct individual, family, sibling and group psychotherapy sessions to address the effects of domestic violence.
  • Assist parents in understanding their child's needs when living in an abusive environment.
  • Provide safety planning for parents and children, including sheltering families if needed.
  • Facilitate parenting group and ongoing individual support.
  • Coordinate and distribute holiday dinner and gift donations.
  • Regularly consult with attorneys and have testified in legal proceedings as a child advocate.
11/2006 to 2011
Clinical Art Therapist, New Hope Domestic Violence Center Volunteers Of America-Greater New York City, STATE,
  • Conducted group, family, sibling, and individual therapy sessions to address the effects of domestic violence.
  • Carried out mental health assessments as one of the primary clinicians on site.
  • Managed four staff members in the Childcare Department; essential part of the agency management team.
  • Presented at the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Conference and the annual agency Wellness Fair.
05/2005 to 11/2006
Art Therapist/Family Case Planner HeartShare Human Services Of New York City, STATE,
  • Conducted individual and family therapy to support children and families in crisis.
  • Instrumental in helping families improve communication, and develop and maintain coping skills in order to prevent foster care placement.
  • Conducted a ten week course teaching parenting skills and techniques.
06/2003 to 03/2005
Art Therapist/Rehabilitation Counselor Woodhull Mental Health And Medical Center City, STATE,
  • Facilitated verbal and non-verbal self expression and increased self-awareness, coping skills, self esteem, socialization skills, autonomous functioning, and ego strengthening through art therapy and recreational therapy techniques. Techniques included creative writing, relaxation/meditation, problem solving, goal making, and stress/anger management groups.
  • Gave yearly in-service to the Creative Arts in Therapy Department.
  • Participated in team Grand Rounds case presentations for the Department of Psychiatry.
2003 to 06/2003
Art Therapy Graduate Intern & Psychotherapist New York Foundling Hospital City, STATE,
  • Helped to establish Art Therapy Program by working 18 hours a week with adolescent mothers in foster care with issues concerning the mothering relationship and ego ideals and the transition into independent living. Conducted individual art therapy sessions, co-led an open studio art therapy group, and led an art therapy group for the children, ages 3-5.
  • Conducted an educational Art Therapy in-service for the staff of the Mother/Child Program.
  • Hired as a per-diem psychotherapist upon graduation.
07/2002 to 2003
Art Therapy Graduate Intern Metropolitan Hospital City, STATE,
  • Worked 16 hrs/wk with mentally ill adults conducting individual art therapy sessions, and an "Art And Relaxation Group" which consisted of guided imagery translated into art, to encourage creative self-expression and maintenance of stabilization.
08/2001 to 05/2002
Art Therapy Graduate Intern Maimonides Medical Center City, STATE,
  • Worked 16 hours a week with children ranging from 2-19 years old, and conducted individual and group art therapy sessions to aid patients and their families cope with chronic illnesses.
Expected in 2003
Masters of Professional Studies: Art Therapy & Creativity Development
Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY

Thesis: "Community Building Through Mural Making"

Expected in 2001
Bachelor of Science: Sociology
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Minor in Studio Art

Expected in 1997
High School Diploma:
Robert E. Lee High School - Springfield, VA

Advanced Studies Degree

Expected in
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Visual arts, creative writing, mental health, problem solving, crisis management, safety planning, intermediate level Spanish

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School Attended

  • Pratt Institute
  • University of Virginia
  • Robert E. Lee High School

Job Titles Held:

  • Child and Family Counselor/Art Therapist
  • Clinical Art Therapist, New Hope Domestic Violence Center
  • Art Therapist/Family Case Planner
  • Art Therapist/Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Art Therapy Graduate Intern & Psychotherapist
  • Art Therapy Graduate Intern
  • Art Therapy Graduate Intern


  • Masters of Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Science
  • High School Diploma

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