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About Dr. Lucia Capacchione

I would like to personally introduce you to my friend, mentor, and Pioneer Art Therapist, Lucia Capacchione (pronounced kapa kee own ee), Ph.D., Art Therapist Registered (A.T.R.), Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (R.E.A.T.)

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She is an art therapist, professional artist, with combined sales of over 450,000 - she is a best selling author of 12 self help books,, psychologist, popular international workshop leader, and corporate talent development consultant who has worked for Hallmark, Mattel, and the Walt Disney Company. 

Dr. Lucia is a remarkable person, she has been a pioneer in her field for over 25 years, and her work GETS RESULTS! That's why I'm featuring her "do-it-yourself" Art Therapy books and tapes in our Self Discovery Bookstore.

"Since the mid-1970's I have shared my discoveries at seminars for people of all ages and occupations: in schools and colleges, churches, corporations, counseling centers, and spiritual retreats."

"Over the years I have documented my discoveries and techniques in many books (Self Discovery Bookstore) The feedback has been so inspiring, especially in regard to the healing power of art, that I was moved to write this book. It includes not only my personal story and triumph over difficult odds and a life-threatening condition, but the impressive success stories of others."

"I became an art therapist in 1975 after healing an "incurable" disease primarily through spontaneous drawing and writing. At the time of my illness, I was a professional artist and teacher. I had never heard of art therapy, and there were no popular books on the subject. My spontaneous self-exploration through art was undoubtedly guided by a higher healing power within, taking me step by step back home to my Inner Self. 

"When you read my story you will see how the Inner Artist has played the role of healer throughout my life. Through the writing and drawing exercises, affirmations, visualizations, meditations, and inspirational stories, I hope you will find the healing power of your own Inner Artist. I have found that tremendous love - for yourself and for others - becomes the overflowing pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. it comes with the joy of finding and expressing your own truth." 


"Capacchione's work is great! I recommend her books to people I work with who have a variety of problems. I think both drawing and writing encourage a fundamental need that we have for self-expression. There may be an added benefit to writing in that it translates experiences into language--which helps the person to resolve a trauma more quickly."
Prof. James W. Pennebaker  
Department of Psychology
Southern Methodist University


Click on the link for:

What is Art Therapy and How Does It Work?

Art Therapy & what areas of your life it can help

 Books & Audio Programs by Dr. Lucia Capacchione

Booksigning and Workshop Tour Schedule

How Do I Select The Right Art Therapy Book For Me?

What is Journaling?
 
Biography

Credentials

Endorsed by Educators

Philosophy

Testimonials

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PHILOSOPHY:

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T

Every individual carries within her the voice of truth and personal guidance. Whether I function as an expressive arts therapist, author, teacher, workshop leader or corporate consultant my job is to help the individual find the god within, the voice of truth living in their very own heart, their own inner self.

I am fond of saying that my work is self-empowerment. That is my dedication, that is my method and that is reflected in a BODY of work which spans 20 years and yet which goes back to childhood, back to the sick bed I was in at 9 years old. For me, the expressive arts have provided the perfect vehicle for finding the truth by calling it forth from within and expressing it.

I have applied this philosophy in healing, in creativity, in education, in business and industry and in spirituality. My mission and my life's purpose, simply stated, is to find the God within through creative expression and to help others do the same.

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T

Originally a professional artist, she discovered the healing power of writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand while struggling with a life threatening illness. Dr. Capacchione's full recovery without medication led her to change careers and become an art therapist.

She has trained health care professionals, psychologists, educators and spiritual counselors internationally and continues to offer workshops for the general public.

Dr. Capacchione's method for reparenting the Inner Child is being used worldwide for healing abuse survivors. Many of her books are used as texts in expressive arts therapy, psychology, creative writing and art courses, and they have been translated into several languages. Her Creative Journal method has been used in prisons, elementary and secondary schools and colleges, childbirth classes and AIDS and HIV support groups.

Lucia Capacchione has spent 25 + years pioneering effective methods of education on all levels of learning, from early child development to postgraduate training. She holds a doctorate in psychology and has practiced art therapy with individuals, families, and groups. A  consultant to businesses and schools districts, a lecturer and workshop leader, and a trainer of health-care professionals and educators. 

In the early 60's she trained as a Montessori teacher, then became Child Development Supervisor for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where she was responsible for establishing 12 Head Start programs. Later she taught child development classes in her local community college: Child, Family, and Community and Art for Teachers of Young Children.

She received instructor certification in Dr. Thomas Gordon's P.E.T. (Parent Effectiveness Training) and T.E.T. (Teacher Effectiveness Training.) She taught parents, teachers, and school administrators.

"As a mother,  I have been to the depths and also to the ecstatic heights of what parenting has to offer. I have shared parenthood as half of a couple, been a single parent, and been the parent of stepchildren in a blended family. Today, as a grandparent, I can look back with the wisdom that only age and experience can bring and share this tool - "The Creative Journal. May your journey into parenting bring you as much life and love as it has me. You deserve the best . And so do your children and their children and all the children after them." 

 Lucia Capacchione, author, quote from The Creative Journal for Parents - A Guide to Unlocking Your Natural Parenting Wisdom

"The Creative Journal-The Art Of Finding Yourself" is a recognized classic in the field of art therapy and creativity. It contains over 50 writing and drawing Journaling exercises for getting in touch with your feelings, dreams and Creative Self. 

There are Journaling techniques for removing creative blocks, building self-esteem and realizing your desires. It is written for both the novice and veteran journal-keeper, as well as group leaders and counselors.  

Her pioneering work with "The Creative Journal - The Art of Finding Yourself "has been supported by the following educators:

Dr. Raymond Terrell and Dr. Randall Lindsay, School of Education, California State University at Los Angeles, whose encouragement and support introduced this method into the public schools.

Roberta Curinga for her enthusiastic guidance as Director of our pilot project in the Garvey School District in Rosemead, California

Dr. Gerry McCormack, who introduced the Creative Journal to the Lawndale School District and the staff of Mark Twain Elementary School for their creative application in the classroom.

Zena Schaffer and the staff at Farmdale Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified Schools, for integrating this method into their curriculum.

Jean Katz for the opportunity to train special education teachers in the Los Angeles County Schools. 

Her most famous works include:

 Recovery of Your Inner Child

The Creative Journal - The Art of Finding Yourself
 
The Power of Your Other Hand - A course in channeling the inner wisdom of the right brain

Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams

Lucia Capacchione has written 3 great books on parenting and teaching children to tap into their creativity:

The Creative Journal for Children 

The Creative Journal for Teens - Making Friends With Yourself 

The Creative Journal For Parents - A Guide to Unlocking Your Natural Parenting Wisdom 

"THE CREATIVE JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN represents the leading edge of learning and where we need to go with our educational system. For the past fifteen years, Lucia Capacchione has been a forerunner in the creation of safe and nonjudgmental learning environments that kindle children's curiosity and encourage them to ask the kinds of questions that lead to greater learning. In witnessing the development and application of her methods in the school systems, I have seen children experience remarkable mental and emotional breakthroughs. THE CREATIVE JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN is for every parent and teacher who wants to give children full opportunity for creative expression and development."

Mona Brookes
- Author, Drawing With Children


CREDENTIALS AND SPECIALIZATIONS 
IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIES:


Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

Credentials:

Art Therapist Registered (A.T.R.), American Art Therapy Association
Registration: 1977 (#77-055)
Status: Active professional registration

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (R.E.A.T.), International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Registration: 1997
Status: Member, Professional Standards Committee


Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy? 
Written by Pioneer Expressive Art Therapist, Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D.

"Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the client usually creates some form of artwork such as a drawing, doodles, a sculpture made of clay, collage, or other 2 or 3 dimensional art. None of these techniques require any special talent, experience or training in the “arts”.

The artwork is then used as a focus for reflection in words between the client and therapist. This artwork is used in much the same way as dreams are used in therapy because both artwork and dreams access the unconscious very rapidly.

Using a journal or diary, the individual is guided with focus questions about different areas of their life. Most of the time the suggested activities begin with a drawing or some form of art expression. This is followed by reflective writing about the images and the feelings captured in the artwork, in your journal.

One of the great advantages of art therapy is it fosters use of both sides of the brain. The nonverbal art expression is primarily a right brain process; the writing is coming from the left-brain language centers.

Dr. Capacchione’s Creative Journal Method includes another technique that integrates both hemispheres of the brain! As documented in her ground breaking book ”The Power of Your Other Hand”. This technique includes written dialogs using Both Hands alternately writing with the non-dominate hand is a proven method for letting the left brain know what the right brain is thinking. This is a powerful tool for use in therapy and also for opening up creativity in all areas of ones life. None of these techniques require any special talent, experience or training in the arts”.

"Capacchione's work is great! I recommend her books to people I work with who have a variety of problems. I think both drawing and writing encourage a fundamental need that we have for self-expression. There may be an added benefit to writing in that it translates experiences into language--which helps the person to resolve a trauma more quickly."
Prof. James W. Pennebaker  
Department of Psychology
Southern Methodist University


Areas of Competency and Specialization:

Healing & Wellness
People dealing with chronic illness, eating disorders, grief, life-threatening illness, pain, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Sexual Abuse, substance abuse. People wishing to improve their sense of well-being. Pregnant women and couples.

Parents, Children & Teens
Parenting problems, Teachers, parents, counselors, teenagers, home school parents, pregnant women and couples.

Personal Growth
Those interested in therapy, art therapy, writing therapy, creativity, inner child work, symbolism, voice dialogue and gestalt work.

Professional Development - see all areas 
Therapists, counselors, physicians, nurses, health care practitioners, body workers. Childbirth educators, midwives, obstetricians, ob/gyn nurses, trainers of health care practitioners. Career counselors, school counselors. Spiritual counselors and directors of spiritual programs and retreats. Family life instructors.

Talent & Career Development
Those searching for a career or career change. Those wishing to develop talent, creativity, inner guidance for life planning.

Testimonials

(Click on the blue link to go to that book's descriptive page where you can purchase the book, remember we carry Art Supplies for doing Dr Lucia's exercises)

Tools for life and career planning, talent development and overcoming creative blocks.

Documented in:

Treatment for creative blocks with professionals in the arts/entertainment industries and school programs for learning disabled or educationally challenged. Documented in:

Treatment for recovery from addictive behavior, substance abuse, co-dependence, eating disorders and obsessive/compulsive behavior.
Philosophy, methods and case studies documented in her books:

Treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, multiple personality disorder and other psychopathology related to childhood sexual, physical or emotional abuse.
Methods and case studies documented in her books:

Treatment for family conflict and challenges of parenting.
Documented in:

"Lucia Capacchione's Creative Journal for Children provides a safe environment for children to find the buried treasure within"

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.,

Author, Love is Letting Go of Fear

Treatment for emotional stress related to chronic physical pain, life-threatening illness, recovery from injury or other acute illness, overwork, toxic exposure. Treatment for stress related to caring for the ill (as professional or family member), grief over death of loved one, trauma from natural catastrophes. Treatment for emotional stress related to pregnancy and early parenting.
Programs and case studies documented in:

Treatment for recovery from addictive behavior, substance abuse, co-dependence, eating disorders and obsessive/compulsive behavior.
Philosophy, methods and case studies documented in her books:


Testimonials

"Healing is making ourselves whole. Healing our inner child is a major part of our recovery. Lucia Capacchione is a master at gently guiding you through this process. Love yourself enough to recover from the past."

-Louise L. Hay
author, You Can Heal Your Life
"If I were king, I'd put Lucia in charge of all the children."

-R. Buckminister Fuller
Author and architect

 

"Capacchione's work is great! I recommend her books to people I work with who have a variety of problems. I think both drawing and writing encourage a fundamental need that we have for self-expression. There may be an added benefit to writing in that it translates experiences into language--which helps the person to resolve a trauma more quickly."
Prof. James W. Pennebaker  
Department of Psychology
Southern Methodist University
"A practical, playful, insightful and delightful way to get in touch with the Inner Self. It is remarkable that ones own intuitive wisdom and creativity can be tapped so easily, in a process that is readily available to us."

-Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Author, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"The process of healing is the product, and her work guides us in the process, presenting us with tools for change."
-Dr. Bernie Siegel
Author of Love, Medicine & Miracles
"Putting Your Talent To Work will help you accept, celebrate, express and use your true talents. As happy and fulfilled as I am, I gained many new and valuable insights by doing the exercises in the book. I highly recommend this book to all who want greater joy, fulfillment and monetary rewards from their work."

-Jack Canfield
Coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
"I can pay her no higher compliment than to say that she succeeds in what she sets out to do. She not only helps bring out the best - but she helps to discover that there is a best that is worth bringing out."

-Norman Cousins
UCLA School of Medicine
Author, Anatomy of An Illness

See Also:

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Recommended Art Supplies

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