Faculty; Internship Coordinator, Psychology and Counseling Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT
Wendy Phillips, PhD,MS, LMFT, REACE is a psychologist teacher/researcher, a visual artist, a psychotherapist, and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator by the standards of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Wendy’s work has been exhibited at the Galeria del Jardin de las Esculpturas in Xalapa, Mexico, The Museum of the African Diaspora, and Gallery 72 of the City of Atlanta. Wendy collaborated with filmmaker Tony Romero in the film “La Gente del Pelo Duro” (“The People with Tough Hair) which explores the relation between hair and identity among peoples of African descent. She participated in the film’s premiere roundtable discussion in Madrid in 2015. Wendy recently begun study with psychoanalyst Susana Rotbard of Sevilla, Spain learning her art based psychoanalytic approach, T.I.M.D., Imaginal Therapy of Dynamic Elements. In January she became a member by invitation, based on portfolio review of SoHo Photography Collective in New York.
PhD in Psychology, Georgia State University
MS in Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA in Psychology, Georgia State University
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise
Expressive Arts, Freudian and Jungian Psychoanalysis, Depth Psychology, Community and Liberation Psychology, Psychotherapy with Diverse Client Populations, Photography and Mixed Media, Latin American Cultures, Traditional Indigenous African Metaphysics and Religious Systems
I am a psychologist, Expressive Arts psychotherapist, researcher, and a practicing visual artist. I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is 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. A focus in my current clinical work is the history of Psychoanalysis and the ways in which Freudian, Jungian, and object relations informed analytic practices may be made relevant to clients of diverse backgrounds in general and to immigrants to the U.S. from Latin America.
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. I am a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and in 2015 was appointed to the Board of Directors, where I serve as Co-Chair of the Educational Resources Committee. I am also a member, by invitation based on portfolio review, of SoHo Photography Collective in New York City.
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. I recently published papers on healing rituals related to beliefs in totem animals and on the archetypal conservation of a deity from the Yoruba religious pantheon in the Afromestizo communities of Mexico.
In September 2014, I presented 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.
My artwork has been exhibited widely, including “La Sombra y el Espiritu,” a two-person exhibit in collaboration with the Dominican painter Lucia Mendez, at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; “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.
I have completed two years of training in the New Orleans Jungian Seminar, as well as one and half years of training in the Embodied Imagination program led by Jungian Analysts Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer. Recently I began studying with Spanish psychoanalyst Susana Rotbard, learning her art based approach to psychoanalysis, Terapeutica de la Imaginacion Material-Dinamica – TIMD (Imaginal Therapy of Moving Elements).
In March 2014, I attended the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) Regional Meeting in Antigua, Guatemala. There I received training from therapists from Guatemala, Argentina, and Mexico. I also recently completed a workshop in Intermodal Expressive Arts Practices at Expressive Arts Florida. In March of 2015, I was awarded the REACE (Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator) credential by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Together with my colleague Marco Razo, we founded “El Colecivo Macondo”, a program of Experiential Expressive Arts, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Training based in Mexico.
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.
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