OUR VOLUNTEER ARTS THERAPISTS

Dr. Ara Parker

Dr. Ara Parker is a registered art therapist (RCAT), a registered psychotherapist (CRPO) and Canadian certified counsellor (CCC). A graduate of Lesley University’s Masters of Arts, Expressive Therapies program, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies at her alma mater. Dr. Ara Parker is a Red Pencil ambassador.
 
 

Francisca Solar

Francisca Solar earned her Masters of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy and a minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Presently, she is situated at Chile – working both as a freelance therapist as well as a facilitator for expressive arts workshops.
 
 

Kirstie Nel

Kirstie Nel completed her masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies with a specialization in Art Therapy from the University of Haifa in Israel. She currently resides in South Africa and is working towards her professional registration with the HPCSA (Health Professional Council of South Africa). She has experience working with kids, adolescents, adults, elderly as well as persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. She has worked in schools, residential and day care facilities and outpatient addiction centers within multicultural and multilingual settings. She hopes to in the future pursue further research on approaches to art therapy practices in developing countries.
 

Dr. Penelope Orr

Dr. Penelope Orr is a board certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC) and an art therapy credentialed supervisor (ATCS). She is presently the Director of Art Therapy at Edinboro University – where she developed a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy program.
 

Daphna Kehila

Daphna Kehila is an independent expressive arts therapist who has been based in Singapore for the past 15 years. As an advisor, she has provided support to The Red Pencil's art therapy programmes. Daphna received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy and her PhD in Adult Learning and Development from Lesley University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). Daphna is also a yoga therapist who often seeks new ways to incorporate the practice of yoga into the art therapy process.

Whaea Sharon Reynolds

Whaea Sharon Reynolds is of Ngati Kahangunu and Tuhoe descent and resides in Otautahi (Christchurch), New Zealand. She earned her Diploma in Art Therapy from Health and Harmony College in Brisbane, Australia. Whaea Sharon is the Company Director and Lead Community Arts Therapist of The HIVE NZ Ltd with the mission to “bring healing and hope to the nations through creative means”.