Faculty; Internship Coordinator, Psychology and Counseling Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Email
wendy.phillips@goddard.edu

Biography

Wendy Phillips is a psychologist, Expressive Arts psychotherapist, researcher, practicing visual artist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an IEATA Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

Wendy is Founder of El Collectivo Macondo, an Expressive Arts Training Institute based in Mexico. She is a member by invitation, based on portfolio review, of SoHo Photo Collective in NYC.

Advanced trainings include: A Certificate in Analytic Psychology from the C.J. Jung Institut in Zurich’s Summer Intensive; 2 years training in the New Orleans Jungian Seminar; 1.5 years training in Embodied Imagination Dreamwork by Jungian Analyst Robert Bosnak; and an intensive, Psyche and the Sacred with psychoanalyst, Lionel Corbett. Last year, she began study with Spanish psychoanalyst Susana Rotbard, in TIMD, an art based approach to psychoanalysis.

Expressive Arts training includes the Intermodal Intensive at Expressive Arts Florida, “Tejiendo Las Americas”, the IEATA Conference in Antigua, Guatemala, Penland School of Crafts, El Centro Manuel Alvarez Bravo Mexico and the International Center for Photography in NYC.

Education

PhD in Psychology, Georgia State University
MA in Psychology, Georgia State University
MS in Physical Therapy, Maternal and Child Health Specialization, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania

Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE), International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Certificate, Summer Intensive, C.J. Jung Institut, Zurich

Areas of Expertise

Multimodal Expressive Arts Theory and Practice, Freudian and Jungian Psychoanalytic Theory, Culturally Relevant Psychotherapy, Naturally Occurring Cultural Forms of Expressive Arts Practices, The Ritual as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention, Embodied Imagination, Dreamwork

Personal Statement

I am a psychologist, Expressive Arts psychotherapist, researcher, and a practicing visual artist. I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE) per the registration standards of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). My work is informed by principles of Depth Psychology and psychoanalysis, especially the thread that developed in Argentina during the 20th century, informed by object relations theory and Marxism. I have found that depth perspectives provide an excellent frame for my ethnographic research and understanding of art. My work is also informed by the principles of the Multimodal Expressive Arts as defined by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and also foundational theories of Community and Liberation Psychology. I am interested in the naturally occurring Expressive components of Popular Arts practices that can be integrated as elements of Multimodal Expressive arts therapy in order to make the work culturally relevant for clients and communities.

My clinical interests include culturally relevant psychotherapy, culturally informed conceptualizations of mental illness, group work, the ritual as a psychotherapeutic intervention, dream work in groups, and the incorporation of the Expressive Arts in psychotherapy and community work.

My research interests include the metaphysical beliefs and traditional healing practices of women of African and North American indigenous descent in Mexico. A research project along La Costa Chica of the Pacific coast of Mexico combines phenomenological interviews with photographic processes.

Recent Presentations include, the paper, “La Transferencia, La Contratransferencia y El Objecto Transicional: Psicoterapia Basada en El Psicoanalysis y El Arte Expresiva con Una Nina de 4 Anos” (Transference, Countertransference and Transitional Objects: Psychotherapy Based in Psychoanalysis and Expressive Arts with a 4 Year Old Child) at the 30th Congreso Latinoamericano de Psicoanalisis in Buenos Aires. At the same time, I presented an art-based poster, “El Tesoro de al Psicoanalisis” (Treasures of Psychoanalysis). The documentary film Pelo Duro, by director Tony Romero, premiered in Madrid, Spain in 2015. It included an interview with me about hair and identity among people of African descent, as well as some of some of my photography. I was privileged to attend the opening and participate in a roundtable discussion at the Museo de las Americas in Madrid, Spain.  In summer 2016, I participated in the Conference of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA). I presented my artwork together with Afro-Dominican painter, Lucia Mendez and scholar Joseph Jordan in the panel entitled, “La Sombra y el Espiritu: Women’s Healing Rituals in the Diaspora, Artistic Dialogue” in Willemstad, Curacao.

My artwork has been exhibited widely, including “Afro-Mexicanos”, the People of La Costa Chica, Oaxaca, Mexico at The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley; “La Limpia,” in conjunction with the Festival Afrocaribeno, Fototeca Juan Malpica Mimende, Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura, in the Puerto de Veracruz, Mexico; and at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. In 2015, I presented “La Limpia” as a solo exhibition at SoHo Photo Gallery in NYC and I collaborated in the four woman show, “Ephemeral Eternity” in The City of Atlanta’s Gallery 72.

In 2015, I founded “El Colectio Macondo”, an Expressive Arts Training Institute based in Mexico. Together with my co-teacher, Jesus Pastor, we offer workshops in varied regions of Mexico that integrate the Multimodal Expressive Arts with Mexican Popular Arts Practices. Our current offerings include a workshop in Multimodal Expressive Arts to be offered in Guanajuato, Mexico in summer 2016 and a collaborative relationship with Expressive and Popular Arts practitioners in La Antigua, Guatemala.

In the Psychology and Counseling Program, I serve as a faculty member in the Expressive Arts Therapy Emphasis and am the Internship Coordinator.

Please visit my website and blog, Expressive Arts, Psychotherapy, Travel, and Community.

Events

  1. Ephemeral Eternity: Memory, Ritual and Personal Myth in an Age of DissolutionMarch 5, 2015 10:00 am