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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.