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Expressive Arts Institute

Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D. MFT, REAT, ADTR Founding Director.

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Trained as a dancer, Judith is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Academy of Dance Therapists Registered practitioner. She is a pioneer in the art-based therapy movement, respected as an expert in the role of the body and expression in psychological integration. She created dance therapy and expressive arts therapy programs for many clinics, hospitals, and health care venues in the San area. She has taught movement, dance and psychology at SDSU, UIS, UCSD and Alliant University, and movement for actors at the San Diego Repertory Theater Conservatory. She is also a Professor at the European Graduate School for Expressive Arts Therapy in Saas Fe, Switzerland.

Judith earned her BFA in Dance and Theater from BYU, MA in dance movement from UCLA, and her MAC (with honors) through National University. In 2009 she completed her Ph.D.(magna cum laude) in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of IEATA and has presented her work at numerous professional conferences.

Interested in Therapy or professional supervision with Judith?

Wes Chester is a musician, poet, artist and author, who has worked in the mental health field since 1996. He earned his Master’s Degree at the European Graduate School, and completed his CAGS in 2007 where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Wes specializes in healing the aesthetic relationship to nature, and is a supportive and caring facilitator. Wes teaches at the Expressive Arts Institute and the European Graduate School, does private practice therapy and coaching, and teaches ecopsychology at Alliant International University’s Center for Integrative Psychology.

Interested in Therapy with Wes?

Expressive Arts Institute

Wes Chester, MA, CAGS

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Tara Graviss White - Administrator

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Tara is an Institute Alumna and completed her studies at The  European Graduate School.  She has a private practice specializing in sexual trauma recovery focused on supporting artists, educators, wellnessness practitioners and community leaders. As a visual artist she is a prolific photographer and works with mixed media encaustics. Tara is an experienced administrator, leader and director in business and arts education. We are fortunate to benefit from her wisdom on our team.

Associates and Visiting Fellows

Elizabeth McKim

Poet Laureate of EGS, and co-founder of the expressive arts movement. Elizabeth is senior lecturer in the graduate faculty of Lesley University’s Arts in Learning program. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Italy, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. She has many times been artist-in-residence at EGS and has published four books of poetry as well as a teacher’s manual for teaching poetry to children. She is a recognized expert in the oral tradition.