Valeria Koutmina MPS, ATR-BC, L.C.A.T.

Valeria is a registered and board-certified Creative Arts Therapist

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Valeria is a registered and board-certified Creative Arts Therapist with over ten years of experience honing a multimodal and culturally sensitive approach to working with people living with challenges to mental and emotional well-being including developmental delays, addiction, repatriation, issues of attachment and trauma.

Personal statement:

Creative tools allow us to leave a mark on the world, affirming “I was here”. By working with materials we transform them, and are thereby ourselves transformed. The aim of my therapeutic practice is to align clients with the most effective tools to help them attain meaningful change. Together, we establish an environment of safety and acceptance wherein insights can come to light. Here, the inner experience can be felt, seen, and understood. I work with children, adolescents, adults and seniors, offering a blend of traditional talk therapy, non-verbal techniques, bespoke creative interventions and body-based approaches to guide clients toward greater self-knowledge, behavioral regulation and fulfillment. Sensory integration, metaphor, narrative, humor and play are integral to therapeutic collaboration on improving self-awareness, promoting resiliency, augmenting problem-solving skills and empowering the expression of the fullest self.

Qualifications

Valeria received her Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy from The School of Visual Arts in 2011, where she was the graduate valedictorian. She has undergone additional training at the CG Jung Institute in NY, Dancing Dialogue™ under the tutelage of Dr. Suzi Tortora, and is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practitioner. She is co-editor and contributing author of The Embodied Art Therapist, to be published in 2026. Valeria has worked in the United States and abroad (Costa Rica; Russia; Lebanon) as an instructor, facilitator and advocate of mental health and creative arts therapy initiatives. Valeria is fluent to conduct treatment in English and Russian.

My Toolbox

Embodied methods, MBSR, creative arts, verbal and non-verbal techniques, traditional talk therapy, Positive Psychology, Archetypal Psychology