About us

Here at Art of the Soul, we (and you) are blessed to have a knowledgeable and trusted team of therapists, educators and instructors. Among other events and exhibitions, we look forward to bringing you diverse and empowering classes, programs and therapeutic interventions. In striving to offer the most ethical and creative art therapy services, we welcome the opportunity to participate in creative collaborations. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!

Artfully yours,
~the AOS team


What does Art of the Soul Studio Offer?

Group Art Therapy

For individuals needing a little more than an art instruction class and a little less than personal therapy sessions.  In the session, we will make art under guided topics and leave ample time for reflection and group insight. 

Individual

Art of the Soul art therapists are available to work with children and adults, individually and in groups. The arts can help facilitate expression of thoughts and emotions. Art therapy is used to work with people with cognitive, behavioral, or emotional needs.  It can help to build a relationship with a child with autism, work through the parent/child relationships work more smoothly, help families work together, aide in the greiving process, build self-confidence, etc.

Jessica Buescher, MA Art Therapist & Business Owner

Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Art Therapy at Eureka College in Illinois and her M.A. in Art Therapy at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.  She also trained in traditional Peruvian Shamanism at the Four Winds Society in Utah and Peru.
 
She uses a holistic perspective helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, life transitions, grief and loss, and personal growth.  Her specialty is helping people work through fear, anxiety, and trauma.  Jessica has 7 years experience working with adolescents, teens, their families, and adults.
 
Jessica is a contracted art therapist at Still Waters Adult Day Center where she facilitates art therapy programs two days a week and supervises masters level art therapy interns.  She serves as the Assistant Clinical Coordinator for Saint Mary of the Woods College and the 2014-2016 Indiana Art Therapy Association President. She opened Art of the Soul Studio in 2010 and continues to develop art therapy programs and collaborative opportunities among art therapists and the community.
 
Jessica sees clients for individual sessions on a sliding fee scale.  For more information contact Jessica at jess.artofthesoul@gmail.com.


Kristi Gmutza, MAAT, ATR-BC, CPDPE

Kristi is a registered art therapist with experience in a diverse array of job settings, and has practiced art therapy with various ages and populations. She received her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington and her M.A. in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. She has provided art therapy and mental health services to adolescent females with developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges at Damar Services, Inc. Kristi also has experience working with adults in a state hospital setting, homeless youth, the elderly and HIV/AIDS patients. Kristi believes in the healing quality of the arts and strives to help others express themselves in order to gain personal insight and make meaningful life changes. 

As a mother of a preschooler and an in-home childcare provider, Kristi enjoys providing developmentally stimulating art experiences for young children and teenagers. She also enjoys working with mothers and infants and does belly casting for pregnant women.

Kristi also provides individual and group art therapy upon referral, She offers supervision for art therapy students and for graduates seeking their ATR. Kristi is a Positive Discipline Parent Educator and offers workshops, classes and private parent coaching.

For more information contact Kristi at (317) 927-8786 or art4healing@gmail.com

Martine Faist, MA, ATR-BC, LCSW, LMFT

Marti obtained her masters degree in Art Therapy at the Expressive Therapies Department at the University of Louisville.  She’s also a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist.  For many years she has offered creative counseling in private practice, schools, mental health, chemical dependency, hospital and senior care facilities.  She also provides supervision to graduate art therapy students and/or art therapists.  Her goal for all is to decrease stress and increase joy!

For more information contact Martine at (317) 771-5861 or 3dmarti@gmail.com

Laurie Moyer, LMHC, ATR

Laurie received her undergraduate degree in Art Therapy at Capital University and her M.A. in Art Therapy at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. She is a licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Laurie has 8 years experience working with children, adolescents and families struggling with emotional or behavioral difficulties. Laurie has experience working in many different levels of care, including school and home-based, outpatient, intensive outpatient and inpatient for those in crisis. Laurie uses a combination of creative expression and traditional talk therapy to help her clients reach their goals.  

For more information contact Laurie at (317) 543-7256


 

Tessa Faraone, MA, ATR

Tessa is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, receiving a dual master’s degree in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.  Currently, Tessa teaches about the field of art therapy at Herron School of Art & Design.  She also supervises graduate students while leading the art therapy program at Joy’s House Adult Day Services, providing art therapy to caregivers and their loved ones.

Tessa has expertise in providing therapeutic support throughout the healing journey of body, mind, and spirit. Passionate in promoting art therapy as a vital tool of integrated medicine, Tessa has a unique specialization in pediatric and adult medical art therapy.  Through her private practice work at Art of the Soul Studio, Tessa offers art therapy for children, teens, and adults in both individual and group sessions.  An advocate of the beauty which exists in creative expression, Tessa believes in a strengths-based approach with clients, in which the self holds the potential for resiliency, growth, healing, and transformation.  She has extensive experience with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages and has provided art therapy in a variety of settings which include K-12 schools and early intervention centers, medical hospitals, psychiatric settings, cancer centers, a juvenile detention center, among others.


For more information contact Tess at (317) 721-1479 or tessa@tessafaraone.com

Natasha Young, MA, ATR-BC

Natasha is a board certified art therapist in Indianapolis, IN serving clients that seek therapy for a variety of reasons ranging from mental health needs, to purposes of personal growth and awareness. Natasha holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and additional graduate level counseling courses from IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, and Capella University. Her bachelor degree is in Psychology with minors in Studio Art, Sociology and Outdoor Recreation from Indiana University. Natasha’s clinical experience prior to private practice includes working with children and families at a community mental health agency, both as an art therapist and mental health counselor. In addition to private practice, she works at a cancer center providing art therapy to persons suffering from life changing illnesses and related mental health stressors. Natasha also supervises art therapy graduate students from Herron School of Art & Design.

Natasha believes that effective therapy requires a commitment to change. She believes her job is to serve as facilitator and guide, helping you explore options for change, and to discover and utilize your strengths in order to make changes in your own way. She may use a variety of creative and artistic materials to help you (or your child) to express and identify emotional patterns and find healing.

For more information please contact Natasha at (812) 319 -8422 or nyoung.artofthesoul@gmail.com
 

Adrienne Lovell, RYT, Yoga Instructor

Adrienne was introduced to mind-body arts in 1999. Her yoga journey became more serious 7 years ago during the pregnancy of her son, Ian. She continued to practice with him after his birth. Ian now assists her in guiding Kids Yoga classes. Adrienne is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). She earned her certification at Cityoga School of Yoga and Health under the lovely Marsha Pappas and Nikki Meyers. She has expanded her personal practice and teachings to emphasize pranayama and stress relief in a vinyasa-flow style. Her intention in any class is to inspire, invigorate, and remind us of all the gifts yoga has to offer the body, mind, and community.

Tahwii Porter, HCHD

Tahwii pronounced (Tah-wee) is the Founder of In Natural Harmony, LLC™ a maternity services business offering uniquely holistic based approaches to pregnancy & parenting. She is dedicated to the overall well being of the entire family, using natural & green methods whenever possible. Enriching the pregnancy experience, promoting bonding & supporting parents during this sacred time is her priority. Moreover she is also Co-Founder/Vice President of Crane Waters Foundation which serves to provide children with valuable skills, resources & opportunities to prosper as young entrepreneurs. Tahwii has a background in sleep medicine as a registered polysomnograhic technologist (RPSGT), but currently is growing both businesses full-time & pursuing her education in holistic health sciences with intentions to obtain a PhD in natural medicine at the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine (IQUIM).  In addition to being an RPSGT, she is also a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula (HCHD), birth/infant educator, Reiki practitioner, & trained as an infant massage instructor.  As of yet, she hasn’t had the opportunity to experience motherhood for herself, but definitely looks forward to that chapter in her life.

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