About us

Art of the Soul Studio is composed of 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.


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 

Kristi is a board certified 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 and elders. 

Currently, Kristi provides individual and group art therapy sessions in a private practice setting specializing in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and behavioral issues with both children and adults. She works with female and male veterans, elementary and middle school children and refugees. She also facilitates mindfulness-based art therapy groups for both children and adults. 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.  

Kristi is a Positive Discipline Parent Educator and offers workshops, classes and private parent coaching.  As a mother 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 provides individual and group art therapy upon referral. She also offers supervision for art therapy students and for graduates seeking their ATR. For more information contact Kristi at (317) 218-4653 or art4healing@gmail.com

Martine Faist 

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!

I also offer The TARA Approach (integrative energy medicine) to ease symptoms, aid trauma resolution, and empower you to experience greater resilience and balance in life.  For more information, please visit the website www.tara-approach.org

Anthem or United Behavioral Health insurances are accepted for payment.

For more information contact Martine at (317) 771-5861 or 3dmarti@gmail.com, or visit her profile on www.PsychologyToday.com for more details.

Leah Whitmire

Leah completed her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is a board-certified music therapist, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music Therapy with Saint Mary-of- the-Woods College. Leah’s training includes a 6 month internship at the Center for Discovery in Harris, NY, with a focus on using musical improvisation as a therapeutic tool. She has completed the intensive training for Level II of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

Leah’s personal definition of music therapy states that “We all have music within us. In music therapy, we find ways to connect with, listen to, and express this music in a way that brings healing and growth.”

Leah has worked in a variety of settings including nursing homes, Hospice, wellness, and special education, as well as working with physical rehabilitation and adults and teens with autism and developmental disabilities. Leah worked for several years with Noble, a company in Indianapolis that provides services to adults and children with disabilities. Leah still contracts with Noble and other companies to provide music therapy experiences that focus on empowerment, connection, and improving functional skills. With Art of the Soul, Leah brings her knowledge and experiences of using music therapeutically to increasingly diverse populations. She is available for group and individual sessions and workshops.

Leah can be reached via email at mandalamusictherapy@gmail.com to inquire about services or for more information.

Duane W. Moore


Duane earned his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, a 1995 graduate from Ball State University. He is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a licensed clinical addictions counselor (LCAC). He has extensive expertise empowering individuals, couples, families and children to live more healed, harmonious lives. Duane uses his advanced training in child-centered play therapy to help children resolve trauma, school-related issues and behavior problems. He is especially helpful with giving parents proven, everyday interventions for solving difficult childhood problems. His areas of special interest are: Solving serious child and teen behavior problems, strengthening parent-child connections, building relationship skills for individuals and couples, and treatments that truly work for managing depression, anxiety and addictions.  Duane sees individuals, couples, families and children on a sliding scale fee. Your questions and inquiries are always welcome. For more information, please contact Duane at duane@moorepathways.com or at 317.242.9800 (text or talk).