Shereen Bar-or Becerra
MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC
Founder, Art Therapy Collective
Who is She/Her
My 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 ATC's work is a sustained effort to dismantle oppressive systems including harmful internalized beliefs and maladaptive or toxic behaviors. I live in Brooklyn and love to be creative in my spare time and create memories with my friends and family.
If you want to know more about me, read my piece On Being an Iranian Art Therapist published by the American Art Therapy Association.
To learn more about my technique, read my quotes in Forbes Article, "Why (And How) To Nurture Your Creative Side At Work"
ATC's approach is based on the psychodynamic practice of person-centered, relational, and humanistic theories. I incorporate polyvagal and neuroscientific technique to regulate the nervous system for comprehensive and sustainable healing. In session, creativity and critical thinking play an integral role in problem solving and healing. Together, we set weekly intentions to continue growth from therapy to practical life applications.
🦋 Identity & Self Empowerment is the process of sorting through various elements in an attempt to identify a set of goals, values, and beliefs that best serve you and lead an embodied and empowered life. Identity is the way you define your uniqueness and 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.
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
Board of Directors, New York Art Therapy Association
Mentor, Mentorship Program, The Brave House