Founder, Executive Director
Practitioners / Therapists
Mary Megan Howard, LCAT, ATR-BC
Juliana Trujillo, CAT-LP, ATR-PR
Lindsay Coulter, CAT-LP, ATR-PR
Tia Huston, R-DMT, MS, LCAT-LP
Emma Downing, R-DMT, MS, LCAT-LP
Nancy Herard-Marshal, MS, R-DMT
Development & Capacity Building Specialist
Sonia Maria Ganess
A message from the Founder
“After 20 years in traditional therapy, it became clear that I was never going to be able to talk myself out of trauma. Relentless symptoms of post-traumatic stress characterized by shame, fear, isolation, anger, depression, addiction and revictimization continued to disrupt my healing process and I found myself desperate to find a treatment that would end the persistent cycle of self-destruction and violence.
When the Creative Art Therapies and Somatic Experiencing came into my life, everything changed. All of a sudden my entire being got involved in the process of healing. I realized that the pain of trauma started and ended in my physical body and that I had dissociated from my body in order to protect my mind from suffering the shocks of violence perpetrated against me. This dissociation led me to abandon my ability to process what I experienced on an emotional level.”
Using creativity and movement, step-by-step the parts of me that had been shattered were reintegrated into a ‘whole me’. Fundamental to the process was connecting with a group of my peers in order to finally end the isolation and shame surrounding my traumatic experiences. As life became well worth living, I felt the profound need to provide an opportunity for holistic change to others.
In 2016, I began the process of inquiry to develop a trauma-informed Creative Arts and Movement Therapy program. Through in-depth research into the effectiveness of the Creative Arts and Movement Therapies, a program with 11 modules [THE 11 CHALLENGES©] was developed to support the different stages of healing from symptoms of post-traumatic stress and in collaboration with the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Pratt University in New York, we created the non-profit, The Changing Room 11.”