Wendy learning to weave
Wendy learning to weave

Wendy Phillips, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, REACE

Wendy Phillips is a Psychotherapist, an Expressive Arts Therapist and a Research Psychologist. She is a conceptual visual artist whose favorite practice is analog photography. She is drawn to historical and alternative photographic processes and also uses photography as a method of inquiry in her research.

Wendy is interested in the naturally occurring Expressive elements in traditional indigenous art and ritual practices and how studying these practices may inform Expressive Arts Therapy work with our clients and in our communities. She has been studying artisanal practices with indigenous Zapotec artist teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has learned about the ways the practices themselves convey spiritual understandings and offer lessons in the cosmovision, or ‘worldview’ of Zapotec people. Wendy is also interested in the relationship between the particular qualities of the material an artist-maker make and its facility for supporting the expression of emotion, the elicitation of memories, and the reenactment of relational experiences by analogy, ideas articulated by the philosopher, Gaston Bachelard,.and the psychoanalyst, Susana Rotbard.