Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Psychologist and Expressive Arts Therapist

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, holds a doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in research and health psychology, and is a clinical mental health counselor, expressive arts therapist, and art therapist who has spent over 35 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains thousands of mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in crisis and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. She is a contributing writer for Psychology Today Arts and Health since 2008, with a collective readership of 5.5 million.


Cathy has given more than 500 invited presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia and has published numerous articles, chapters, and more than 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing ProcessUnderstanding Children’s Drawings, Handbook of Art Therapy, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC and lifetime achievement awards from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss and the American Art Therapy Association, and a Presidential Award from the Association for Humanistic Counselors.


About her most recent book:

“This book is at once encyclopedic in scope and profoundly poetic, meticulously observed and heartfelt—as scientific as it is creative. Malchiodi shows us how the legacy of trauma comprises not only distressing memories and disturbing thoughts, but also heartbreaking, gut-wrenching sensory experiences. Throughout history, just about every culture has coped with trauma by activating collective rhythms, sounds, music, improvisation and dramatic enactments, storytelling, and other ways of self-soothing and reconnecting with community. Malchiodi masterfully demonstrates how the expressive arts can mobilize the body and fire the imagination, and thereby help to restore vitality, self-efficacy, mastery, and self-expression.”—Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller The Body Keeps the Score; President, Trauma Research Foundation; Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

“We are seeing a momentous shift in therapeutic approaches that help treat distressed individuals—the inclusion of the living, sensing, knowing body. This book offers a vital contribution by incorporating painting, dance, theatre, music, and more into the trauma therapy armamentarium. It is a clear guide both for therapists and educators who already utilize expressive arts and for all those who want to expand their depth of practice.” —Peter A. Levine, PhD, Founder, The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, Colorado; author, Waking the Tiger, Trauma and Memory and In a Different Voice.


A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for Psychology Today Online with more than 5 million readers and a visual artist and occasional ukulele and hulusi musician.

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Please Don’t Take My Collective Effervescence Away

by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Photo art by Cathy Malchiodi PhD

You’re Virtual to Me

by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Hope Pie by Cathy Malchiodi

Using Expressive Arts as Self-Regulation and Self-Care

by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
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