Shereen Bar-or Becerra
MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC
Founder, Art Therapy Collective
Who is She/Her
Shereen's work experience includes group practices, community and family programming, educational settings, and foster care. Coming from these experiences and as a first generation American, the bulk of Shereen’s work is a sustained effort to dismantle systems of oppression ranging from harmful internalized beliefs and maladaptive behaviors to external systems and institutions. Shereen lives in Brooklyn and loves to be creative in her spare time, spend time with her partner and their 2 cats, and immerse herself in nature whenever possible.
Read more about Shereen's experience in a recent article published by the American Art Therapy Association: On Being an Iranian Art Therapist
ATC's practice is based on the psychodynamic practice of person-centered, relational, and humanistic theories emphasizing an authentic human connection over the traditional"blank slate" technique of psychoanalysis. Creativity development is a huge aspect of healing and problem solving. We also incorporate Polyvagal Theory for nervous system regulation and work from theoretical frameworks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
🦋 Identity Exploration is the process of sorting through various elements in an attempt to identify a set of goals, values, and beliefs that best serve you. Identity is the way you define your uniqueness through your past, present and future. This can include aspects of your gender, ethnicity, occupation, and other factors. Creating a sense of identity requires self reflection and self awareness to develop self esteem, self worth, and self understanding.
🌎 Third Culture refers to the mixed identity that an individual assumes, influenced both by their parents' culture and the culture in which they are raised. Unpacking complex social norms and cultural expectations has a tremendous effect on how we view ourselves and operate within the world.
🌱 Collective Wellness takes the step beyond self care and moves away from the notion that rugged individualism builds happiness. Collective wellness emphasizes the role of community and creates a sense of belonging to healthy networks as a form of support. As important as it is to develop a sense of self and identity, it is just as important to develop a sense of connection within a community to foster a sense of belonging.
Education & Awards
Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development
High Honors Distinction for Excellent Academic Achievement
Outstanding Merit for Community Service
Licensure and Certifications
New York State Office of the Professions
Mental Health Practitioner: Licensed Creative Arts Therapist License #002197-1
Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.
Board Certified and Nationally Registered Art Therapist #18-547
Social Action Chair, Board of Directors, New York Art Therapy Association
Mentor, Mentorship Program, The Brave House