Wendy's portrait

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

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 research project along La Costa Chica of the Pacific coast of Mexico and their family members 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 informed my recent fieldwork. 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.