After receiving my master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute in 2006, and subsequently my license and board certification, I worked with a variety of populations that struggle with such issues as acute mental illness, HIV, addiction, homelessness, trauma, and relationship issues. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, school-based, and community-based settings, and have been the director of the Creative Arts Therapies programs at Hartley House and the Women’s Health Center for Housing Works, Inc.
Most recently, I spent four years as a research coordinator at the Amen Clinics Inc., an agency focused on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and integrative treatment for mental health problems, poor nutrition, and other obscure conditions.
Dr. Amen has been a guest on CNN, PBS, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Television, Dr. Phil, The View, TedX, Rachel Ray, Larry King, and more. To learn more about The Amen Method, which focuses on the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of life and treatment, click here. To take an online brain health assessment, click here.
Currently, in addition to private practice, I am an adjunct instructor and the Director of Continuing Education for Pratt Institute’s Graduate Creative Arts Therapies Department. Furthermore, I provide continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists in New York state through my online school, CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com. I also coach other therapists, coaches and healers on how to scale their practices, online.
Regarding publication, I have co-authored and edited Complicated Grief, Attachment, and Art Therapy: Theory, Treatment, and 14 Ready-to-Use Protocols, currently available on amazon.com, and am under contract to co-edit a book on Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community: Theory and Practice, in 2018, with Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Writing, drawing, and painting have always been my passion, and I strongly believe in the curative powers of the creative process.
Ms. MacWilliam exhibits an intuitive understanding of the dynamics of group therapy, as well as the characteristics of the individual patient. Her understanding of metaphor and verbal processing speaks to her flexibility and creativity as an art therapist and as a clinician. Her experiences working with persons who have severe mental illness have also fine tuned her clinical understanding. It is with great confidence and esteem that I offer this recommendation on her behalf.
-Jose L. Matias Del toro, MD., Addiction Psychiatrist
I have had the benefit of watching Briana grow in her professional identity and skill, which has reached an exceptional degree. Briana demonstrates the utmost creativity, flexibility, responsibility, pragmatism, and empathy both in her practice as an art therapist, and as a mentor to our students.
-Dina Schapiro MPS, ATR-BC, Director of Creative Arts Therapy at Pratt Institute