Briana approaches life with a level of "joie de vivre" enjoyed by adults who have never fully "grown up". A founder of ConnectiCon, a multi-genre fan convention, Briana has seen both the industry- and fan sides of pop culture art forms such as animation, film, comics, and gaming. With a love of these art forms, her art styles of choice focus on illustration of a whimsical nature.
Briana's love of art is interwoven into her life, both personally and professionally as an art therapist. She has great success working with children, teens, young adults and creative people of all ages. Her aim is to move therapy as slowly or as quickly as the client is ready to move, in a comforting, supportive environment. She is most at home working with clients wrestling with anxiety, depression, anger issues, trauma, ADHD, and creatives who are in a career rut.
Briana received her master's degree in art therapy from Albertus Magnus College in 2008, and before that, her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Connecticut in 2003. She holds two licenses with the state of Connecticut; she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Licensed Art Therapist. She is also a Registered, Board-Certified Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentialing Board. She was trained in hypnotherapy by the Scottish Strategic Life Academy, and was trained in Brief Solution-Oriented Trauma Resolution by the Center for Authentic Living.