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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 11:40am - 1:00pm
Expressive “True Self” Activities: Altering Negative Thinking, Unleashing Potential

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ROOM 702

This workshop will focus on experiential exercises to help participants explore negative thinking patterns that inhibit and limit their creative potential. By fusing three different psychological theories related to identifying information (Expressive, Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral), the presenter will demonstrate techniques that can be used to address, challenge, re-work, and re-define an individual's negative thinking patterns by promoting self-awareness. The application of these techniques to both an acutely clinical population and an outpatient setting will be discussed. By distinguishing between the creative "True Self" and the inhibiting "False Self," individuals can learn to bring out the positive "True Self" through activities and directives. By presenting various examples of fused psychotherapeutic techniques, the presenter will illustrate how each of the theories applies in practice, and also generate new ideas.


Jessica Koblenz, PsyD

Jessica D. Koblenz, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who works at PSCH as the director of the Canarsie Outpatient Clinic and as an adjunct professor for Alfred University. Formerly, she was the director of the internship/externship programs at Holliswood Hospital. Her clinical work has focused on resilience after trauma with military service members at The Military Wellness Program. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from... Read More →

Aynisa Leonardo, ATR-BC, LCAT

Aynisa Leonardo, ATR-BC, LCAT, is the co-founder and director of clinical development at the Military Resilience Project. Previously, she worked with Holliswood Hospital and Hope for the Warriors© as coordinator of The Military Wellness Program; she also directed the Family Reintegration Program. Aynisa received a Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Fordham... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:40am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY