Melinda Ferraraccio, MA, LCAT-lp, RYT, AEA
Expressive Arts Therapist
Melinda specializes in providing supportive sessions for children (particularly siblings of kids with special needs,) and adults. She specializes in working with new parents, as well as those facing illness related crisis, and provides arts based grief and bereavement support.
For the past 10 years, Melinda helped to develop and direct the sibling support program 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. As a teaching artist for the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services in Bushwick, Brooklyn Melinda worked to develop curriculums 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.
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. She works with people with life threatening illness related crisis and bereavement support, supports siblings of children with special needs, addresses the vulnerable postpartum period with new mothers, and supports healing professionals experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.
Master of Expressive Arts Therapy, European Graduate School