About Art and Soul Art Therapy
Art and Soul Art Therapy is a very small private psychotherapy practice on the Connecticut shoreline. Located at 149 Durham Road, Suite 26, in Madison, we are conveniently accessible at the junction of CT route 79 and interstate 95.
We are Masters-level creative clinicians who approach life and therapy from different angles. We blend out-of-the-box thinking with the latest research in treatment techniques. We aim to provide the best of ourselves to our clients by keeping up on the latest research, collaborating with our clients' care teams across professions, and bringing creative and innovative new ideas to the therapy session.
In order to keep fresh, energized and passionate about our work, we each keep an intentionally light case load, thus affording us time for research, creative pursuits, and self care. As such, it is rare that any of our clinicians will see more than 20 clients a week, and those clients receive far more from us than a simple therapy session.
Briana Benn-Mirandi, LPC, AT-R BC, TRD
Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher
Briana approaches life and therapy with a level of "joie de vivre" enjoyed by adults who have never fully "grown up". As such, she has great success working with children, teens, young adults and creative people of all ages. Her aim is to move therapy as slowly or as quickly as the client is ready to move, in a comforting, supportive environment. She is most at home working with clients wrestling with anxiety, depression, anger issues, trauma, ADHD, and creatives who are in a career rut.
Briana received her master's degree in art therapy from Albertus Magnus College in 2008, and before that, her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Connecticut in 2003. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the state of Connecticut, and a Registered Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentialing Board. She was trained in hypnotherapy by the Scottish Strategic Life Academy, and was trained in Brief Solution-Oriented Trauma Resolution by the Center for Authentic Living.
Therapy Styles: Art Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Pet Therapy, Nature Therapy, Play Therapy and Games, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness, Brief Solution-Oriented Trauma Resolution, Parts Work (Internal Family Systems)
Valerie Drake, LPC, ATR-BC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Board-Certified, Registered Art Therapist
Compassionate and guided by both professional experience and an empathetic ear, Valerie utilizes a direct style of therapy, blending dry humor and witty commentary with clients as they process life challenges. She believes that all people are artists, whether they work with paint, fibers or concrete, and she strives to support her clients in mastering their crafts in life, both in and out of the therapy session. Valerie has expertise with a wide range of client populations, including veterans, LGBTQ, addiction, PTSD, and dual diagnoses.
Valerie has earned her Master's degree in art therapy from Albertus Magnus College, and prior to that, earned her Bachelor's in psychology from Fordham University. She completed her internships at the VA where she later continued her career for 14 years before leaving the government environment to develop her work in private practice.
Tess Hannafin, MA, ATR-P
Registered Art Therapist-Pending; Pre-Licensed Professional Counselor
Tess works with a wide variety of populations, both individually and in groups, and believes that we can connect with our emotions on a deeper level while learning new outlets of self-expression. Art therapy can be used to get through situations where words may not always be enough.
Tess earned her master's degree in art therapy and counseling from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor's degree with a major in psychology and a minor in art at Alfred University in upstate New York. Tess is currently working towards her three thousand hours required for licensure while practicing under the supervision of Registered Art Therapist Briana Benn-Mirandi, LPC, AT-R out of Art and Soul Art Therapy,