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Meet Shauna Perry!

Organization, Visual Arts / August 23, 2016


Shauna holds a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado as well as a registered art therapist. Shauna has provided counseling and art therapy to children, adolescents, and families from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She has offered art therapy and counseling to clients in hospital, home based, camp, and school based settings. She currently serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Art Therapy Association of Colorado.

Shauna values the art process as an active approach to healing; she is holistic, strength based, and person centered. During art therapy sessions the client is encouraged to directly participate in the act of creating in order to access and express their innate wisdom and unique healing abilities. Art therapy methods are also used to offer a vehicle for the safe expression of emotions, empowerment, as well as to promote meaningful expression during times of loss and adjustment.

Shauna creates her own art for relaxation, self- awareness, and personal growth. She enjoys oil painting, mixed media, and clay work.

Welcome Angela Wibben, Music Therapist

Music, Organization / March 17, 2016

Angela Photo

Angela K. Wibben, MM, MT-BC, has been a board certified music therapist within adult and pediatric medical settings since 2013. She has been an integral member of hospital interdisciplinary teams for pediatric and adult oncology, NICU, PICU, ICU, pediatric pain management, and general medical-surgical units.

Angela has additional professional training and experience in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU and Medical Music Therapy practices and protocols, as well as drum circle facilitation.

She is a Bachelor of Arts prepared percussionist from the University of Arizona and completed her Master of Music, in Music Therapy, from Colorado State University in 2012.

We LOVE Felting!

Blog, How-To's, Visual Arts / January 9, 2015

Sheep’s wool can be transformed into felt using the technique called wet felting. This process involves moisture, heat, and pressure. Warm soapy water makes the wool slippery, and causes the fibers to open up. With agitation and pressure the fibers get tangled together. After the excess water is squeezed out and the project is dried, the finished product is soft and durable much like felt bought at a craft store. By layering and arranging different colors of wool these children have created unique pictures.

Felt dog   felt 1Felt 2felt 3

Integrative Healing Arts – December Live Performances

Blog, Music, Performances / December 4, 2014

The Integrative Healing Arts Program at Presbyterian St. Luke’s presents the following therapeutic musicians who will play weekdays in December.

Therapeutic Musicians

Where: Main lobby at Presbyterian St. Luke’s

When: December weekdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, except Wednesdays which will be 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.
(more specific info to come; please check back)


Please come hear these talented women share their passion during this festive season.

Danielle Rifkin – Art Therapist

Blog, Organization / December 4, 2014


Danielle Rifkin recently graduated from Naropa University with a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Art Therapy. As an experienced counselor and art therapist at The Denver Hospice, her work supported families through the grief process. Her training and experience throughout graduate school and beyond includes working with women survivors of sex trafficking on a service learning trip in Cambodia, supporting the Naropa Community Art Studio as a mentor to elders and people with mental illness, and facilitating a variety of art groups for populations such as adopted children, LGBT youth, children with epilepsy, and families.

As an art therapist, she uses art materials and the creative process, to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop coping skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Working through a transpersonal lens, she takes a holistic approach and believes that clients have the impulse and capacity to self-heal. With a strong focus on mindfulness, she welcomes openness to spiritual and existential questions. Incorporating client-centered, positive psychology and gestalt theories, Danielle brings inquisitiveness, empathy and genuineness to each client. She incorporates the teachings of Alan Wolfelt, who encourages the role of ‘companioning,’ which emphasizes the importance of being present to another person’s pain without trying to fix it.

Nichole Simpson

Blog, Organization / December 4, 2014



Nichole Simpson considers herself from Colorado, having lived here for the past 20 years, graduating high school in Elizabeth Colorado and then going on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree with a minor in Art History from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. Having been a pediatric patient at the old Children’s Hospital during her junior year of high school, Simpson understands patients’ desire for a creative program within the hospital structure during long-term stays to promote a different type of healing than the treatment they are in the hospital for. Through the use of her knowledge and experience with photography, painting, glass mosaic art, and paper crafting, Simpson strives to find and create projects to capture the interest of many patient populations.

Global Alliance for Arts & Health Annual Conference

Blog, Performances / December 4, 2014

Global Alliance for Arts & Health Annual Conference: Enhancing Lives Through Arts & Health

This 25th annual conference was hosted in April this year in Houston, Texas.

We, at Presbyterian St. Luke’s, know the connection between practicing art/music and the effects of good health. This conference was geared toward further educating healthcare providers, therapists, researchers, and artists.


One of the numerous Therapeutic Music performances at the conference demonstrating the healing power of live music.

Writing Prompts

Blog, Writing / December 4, 2014

In July, Lissa A. Forbes made an art bulletin board on the third floor outside BMT South including photos and writing prompts that she created in 2012 before her Leukemia diagnosis. Then she began to contribute monthly prompts to be posted on the board. Most people cannot face the blank page and just begin to write. It’s hard to get started, so by giving our patients a place to begin, they can then go in any direction. Each person will likely write something very different from another.


The prompts thus far are as follows:

  • July:  What is my most important habit?
  • August:  What makes you happy?
  • September: What do I wish for …?
  • October: Who inspires me? (family, friends, a celebrity)
  • November: What is my word? (choose a word to focus on and write what you feel about it, how it impacts you, etc)
  • December: What can I celebrate now? (look at small accomplishments or improvements)

Soon we will be embarking on a new year and will continue the prompts to help our patients heal.

Lissa A. Forbes

Organization / October 7, 2014

Lissa, diagnosed with AML with FLT3 (early relapse gene) on 9/24/13, received SCT on January 30, 2014. Excited to join the Healing Arts Program as a volunteer, she looks forward to working with patients using creative writing, photography and images, and drumming for healing. Lissa has created a bulletin board of her artwork on the third floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s just outside the BMT North Unit.


Photo taken by Cynthia Lockhart/Director of Healing Arts, June 2014

She has experience in creative writing, self-publishing, public speaking, digital art, and is learning about healing drumming. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing and has worked with authors to create their own life story books.

Lissa self-published Write from the Inside: Dig for Treasures, Discover Yourself, Leave a Legacy, a show-and-tell book on how to write your life story, and The Stroll, a photo-journal, mostly of Colorado trails she walked with her trusty pup, Kobi .

She is largely self-taught in the world of digital art. Lissa believes she came into this life with creativity flowing in her veins. It started out as with most of us–crayons, coloring books, finger paints. It developed in the same way we learn to walk–step by step. If she’s not creating, she’s not living!

, like Melissa without the “me”


Origami Butterfly How-To

How-To's / October 6, 2014

Souls Palette Arts loves the origami paper crane but patients also enjoy folding many other origami projects including boxes, cats, and dogs. Here are the directions for a beautiful origami butterfly. We recommend this project for anyone over the age of seven.

These origami butterfly instructions were found on goorigami.com

Origami Butterfly