Episode 206 of Rendering Unconscious Podcast.

Melissa Diaz is an artist, activist and a licensed, registered, board-certified art therapist. She holds a BFA in Painting from The University of Central Florida, an MPS in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and a certificate in Integrated Mental Health/Addiction Treatment. Melissa has 10 years of experience as a Creative Arts Therapist, working as a primary therapist, group therapist and program assistant director. She has utilized art therapy in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health, family shelters, schools and museums. Through these experiences, Melissa has had the opportunity to support, individuals experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, trauma, mental illness, developmental disorders, addiction, familial issues, life transitions, and stigmatization. Melissa practices an eclectic art therapy approach, utilizing Humanistic, Attachment, and Behavioral frameworks, tailoring each therapeutic experience to meet the client or group where they are at. Throughout all her work, she weaves in mindfulness practice and self-compassion. In addition to her therapeutic practice, Melissa founded Open House BK (est. 2010), a Brooklyn-based, community arts initiative that provides affordable pop-up events, emerging artist exhibitions, and therapeutic workshops. Open House strives to shed light on the arts and community as integral for social justice, personal healing and progress. 

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Also mentioned in this episode:

Jason Haaf

Article about the worth of the arts on LinkedIn

Blanket Insurance coverage bill

Medicaid bill that plucked out LCATs and Psychoanalysts

Judith Rubin, pioneer art therapist who mentions cave paintings

Pat Allen, pioneer art therapist, Open studio Art Therapy

Patricia Gherovici

Gary Lachman – Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

Grotte de Pair-non-Pair, Bordeaux, France

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, work, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more.

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Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst based in Sweden, who works internationally, and the host of Rendering Unconscious Podcast. She is the author of The Pathways of the Heart (Trapart Books, 2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2020) and Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016). She is the editor of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Films of Ingmar Bergman: A Freudian-Lacanian Lens, forthcoming from Routledge (2022), as well as Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019), and co-editor of Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy (Trapart Books, 2021) with Elisabeth Punzi, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) with Manya Steinkoler and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9 (Trapart Books, 2017) with Carl Abrahamsson. Follow her at Instagram / Twitter / TikTok

The song at the end of the episode is “Let Her In” from the album “Night of the Hunter” by Vanessa Sinclair and Pete Murphy available digitally on Bandcamp from Highbrow Lowlife.

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

Image: Artwork by Melissa Diaz