Dr. Wendy Phillips is a psychologist, researcher, practicing visual artist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE) by the standards of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, serving as a Co-chair of the REAT Professional Standards Committee.
Wendy founded 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.
Her advanced trainings include: 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 a six month intensive with psychoanalyst Lionel Corbett. In 2015, she began study with Spanish psychoanalyst Susana Rotbard, in TIMD, an art based approach to psychoanalysis.
She has studied at Penland School of Crafts, and El Centro Manuel Alvarez Bravo Mexico in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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 Therapist (REAT)
Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE), International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Areas of Expertise
- Expressive Arts Therapy and Registration Processes
- Jungian, Freudian, and Object-Relations Approaches to Psychoanalysis
- Embodied Imagination Dreamwork
- Imaginal Therapy of Dynamic Elements (TIMD)
- Naturally occurring Expressive Elements in Traditional Mexican Popular Art and Craft Practices
- Traditional Indigenous Conceptualizations of Mental Illness and Related Ritual Interventions
- Culturally Relevant Psychotherapy
- Qualitative Research Methods,
- Art Source Material for Research
- Textile Arts
- Analog Photography
- Traditional and Historical Photographic Processes
I am a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a teacher, a researcher, and a practicing visual artist. I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), 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 Expressive Arts theory, traditional indigenous and popular art practices that have naturally occurring Expressive components, and psychoanalysis, especially the thread that developed in Argentina during the 20th century, informed by object relations theory and Marxism. I am currently studying, T.I.M.D. – Imaginal Therapy of Dynamic Elements, an Art Based approach to psychoanalysis developed by Dr. Susana Rotbard. My work is also informed by foundational theories of Community and Liberation Psychology.
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 into individual and group 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. Over the last ten years, I have engaged in a research project along La Costa Chica of the Pacific coast of Mexico. The project also includes interviews with members of communities of migrants from that region who live in Atlanta, Georgia. My work combines phenomenological interviews with photographic processes. My interest in naturally occurring Expressive aspects of traditional crafts and popular art practices has led me to my recent fieldwork in communities of Zapotec artists in Oaxaca, Mexico. I am interested in the notion of “identity” for the artists, their processes of initiation as practitioners of their particular crafts, and the relation between art practice and and spiritual and metaphysical beliefs. I am interested qualitative research methods and in the use of works of art as source material in qualitative research.
In 2016, I participated in the Conference of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA) in Willemstad, Curacao. 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.” I presented a paper, “Dave El Alfarero: una Consideracion de la Obra de un Artista Esclavo y su Cuerpo en Relacion a su Arte” (“Dave the Potter, a Consideration of the Work of an Enslaved Artist in Relation to His Art”) and “El Baul de mi Mama” (My Mother’s Trunk) a poster that was based on a conceptual photographic art project at the South American Psychoanalytic Association Conference (FEPAL) in Cartagena, Columbia in 2016. Together with Clinical Mental Health Counseling alum Charity Eugair and Expressive Arts Concentration student Elizabeth Walker, I presented a Master Class, “Weaving New Narratives Using Expressive Arts & Traditional Mexican Techniques” on the campus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn as part of the Expressive Therapies Summit in NYC.
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, 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.
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.