"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit" - John Updike

Melinda Ferraraccio, MA Expressive Arts Therapy, LCAT-P, RYT, AEA

​Artist. Expressive arts facilitator. AYA registered yoga practioner. Devisor. Melinda uses intermodal arts therapy intervention approaches to performance, facilitation, and community outreach and has worked in a range of educational, therapeutic, and artistic settings. As a teaching artist for the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services in Bushwick, Brooklyn Melinda worked to develop curriculum for school aged children promoting literacy through the use of a variety of artistic modalities. She also employed this multimodal method in a parenting through the arts program with female inmates in a maximum-security prison and with adolescents at a residential treatment center in upstate New York. As a physical theater performer and clown, Melinda traveled to New Orleans with Clowns Without Borders to perform and facilitate workshops with children and adults in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Melinda is the director of sibling support at Friends of Karen, a not-for-profit organization providing financial and emotional support to families dealing with the life threatening illness of a child. She holds a master’s degree in expressive arts therapy from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Research interests include Poesis and the human impulse to shape our world, expressive arts as a creative or aesthetic process, the effects of trauma and the relationship with play, and the use of clowning and it's effectiveness on shifting traumatic experiences to the integration of self growth. Melinda specializes in providing supportive sessions for those in the pursuit of self actualization through artistic process.