ART THERAPISTS

Sarah Beaman, MA, ATR-BC

Co-Founder, Board Certified Art Therapist, Special Educator

Sarah Beaman specializes in working with highly sensitive teens with trauma history, anxiety, and depression, as well as individuals of all ages with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and related disabilities. Sarah currently leads our Creative Coping group for teens. 

 

Sarah has completed training in sensorimotor art therapy, a body-focused, trauma-informed approach to creative healing that assists clients who have experienced complex traumatic events to actively respond to overwhelming experiences until they feel less helpless and overwhelmed and are then able to repair their memories of the past. Sarah is skilled at applying this technique to individuals of all ages affected by trauma, ADHD, or autism. 

 

Sarah received her master's in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah served as art therapist for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, where she created adaptive curriculum and advised museum educators on creating educational programming with therapeutic benefits for students with autism. Sarah has experience providing art therapy in outpatient, residential, and day treatment facilities for individuals and groups.

 

Sarah also has a background in fine art and holds a bachelor's degree in photography. She enjoys incorporating a wide variety of expressive art mediums into her art therapy sessions, ranging from photography to clay and everything in-between. Sarah is well-equipped to address the needs of her clients in the moment, and uses materials that engage the body and mind to help facilitate sensory and emotional regulation. 

 

Sarah worked for several years as the head of an autism department as a site coach for Duval County Public Schools, where she was a certified Professional Crisis Management (PCM) trainer. As a special educator, Sarah is currently working towards developing a replicable fine art program at Oak Hill, a public center school for students with autism. At Indigo, Sarah provides specialized group, individual, and outreach art therapy services to individuals of all ages and abilities. 

Kelly DeSousa, MS, ATR-BC, RYT

Co-Founder, Board Certified Art Therapist, Special Educator, Yoga Instructor

Kelly specializes in working with individuals with autism, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, chronic illness, and parenting support. She has been in the field of arts in medicine for over a decade and has spent seven years providing outpatient art therapy in private practice.

 

Kelly began her career as an artist-in-residence for Art with a Heart in Healthcare, providing art at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. She was formerly a museum educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, where she played an integral role in the development of an educational art program designed to serve students with autism.

 

Kelly has completed multiple adaptive art education residencies for VSA Florida (now Arts4All). She previously taught academics to students with autism at the Jacksonville School for Autism, and taught adaptive art at a center school for students with varying exceptionalities for Duval County Public Schools. 

 

Kelly is a registered art therapist, licensed special educator, certified yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner. She has provided numerous trainings and workshops for parents and professionals on topics related to art therapy and accessibility in art education. She received her Master’s in Art Therapy from Florida State University and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Florida.

 

Kelly is currently receiving advanced training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Through her work at Indigo Art Therapy Studio and community advocacy, she hopes to help make art accessible to all and to raise awareness about the strengths and abilities of those living with autism and chronic illness.  Kelly has learned to lead an adaptive, mindful lifestyle as a person affected by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and related chronic health conditions. 

Devon Schlegel, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC

Co-owner, Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Devon Schlegel is our clinical director at Indigo. She joined the team at Indigo after gaining extensive experience in Philadelphia with children and adolescents in both school and residential settings. She received her Master's in Art Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Flagler College.

 

Devon is trained in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her evidence-based approach combines art therapy with elements of play and mindfulness. She is adept at responding to the needs of her clients in the present moment and is able to practice flexibility within the creative process to adjust the art therapy session as needed. Devon's own mindfulness and creativity practice allows her to cultivate attunement within the therapeutic relationship. 

 

Devon utilizes art processes and symbols to help guide her clients safely through challenges towards deeper self-expression and emotional awareness. Devon enjoys incorporating Jungian theory and archetypal symbols into her work with clients. Devon has taught numerous workshops on animal symbolism and uses these universal symbols throughout the therapeutic creative process.

 

Devon has had success in working with individuals of all ages and abilities in developing positive behaviors, healthy boundaries, emotional awareness, and a strong sense of self-compassion and self-awareness. Devon is not afraid of allowing a healthy mess in the art room so that her clients can experience emotional release, catharsis, and healing. She is known for getting down on the floor, playing in the sand, splashing or pouring paint, and allowing clients to go BIG when they need to. 

Devon is currently receiving advanced training in dyadic therapy, which involves strengthening the parent-child relationship through joint art making and creative play. This type of therapy is ideal for young children with developmental delays or children with attachment trauma. 

 

In addition to her work at Indigo, Devon also provides art therapy at Daniel Kids, a community nonprofit organization that supports families and children. Devon is active in the local fine arts community as a professional abstract painter. 

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