About Barbara Devaney
I began working in the field of art and healing 19 years ago. After eight years of dedication to social services and the arts, I came to realize that I wanted more direction and a firm academic and clinical foundation in order to do the therapeutic work that I felt called to do. I went on to earn a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Prior to my work in the healing arts, I studied art in London, England where I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Richmond International University. It was during this time that I began to learn and understand in depth about African, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern cultures.
I have experience in community mental health with incarcerated men and women, artists, and people with disabilities. My focus is on women’s issues, creativity, community building, and developmental/intellectual disabilities.
In the spring of 2009, I received the Kennedy-Shriver Lecture Award for a program I directed through San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services for exceptional contributions to the community of developmental/intellectual disabilities.
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, I approach my work in a thoughtful and respectful manner. I understand that each person is different and has unique experiences which make them who they are, yet, there is a common thread in every human being that links us all in our suffering. I help my clients on their path toward wholeness through both verbal and non-verbal (expressive arts) approaches to therapy.
Sandplay Consultation Group with Lauren Cunningham, LCSW, Jungian Analyst, 2009-current
Supervision Consultation Group with Riki Boden, MFT, 2009
Marriage of Expressive Arts Therapy with Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D, REAT, 2004-2008
Analytic Sandplay Therapy Training with Maria Chiaia,, Ph.D, Jungian Analyst and Lauren Cunningham, LCSW, Jungian Analyst, 2006-2007
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
Adoption and Permanency Curriculum
AAM, American Association of Museums
BPOE, Benevolent Protector Order of Elks, San Francisco Lodge
CAMFT, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
SFCAMFT, San Francisco Chapter of CAMFT
IEATA, International Expressive Art Therapists Association
NADD, National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
NORCATA, Northern California Art Therapy Association