Daniel Blausey

Daniel Blausey


Assistant Professor
Core Faculty


BA in Visual Arts


MA Art Therapy, New York University

As an art therapist, Daniel has successfully designed, implemented, and directed several mental health programs for youth, a school, and a large HIV/AIDS service organization. Since the mid-1990s, Daniel's areas of clinical focus have included the integration of art therapy with life transitions facing adolescents and young adults, childhood sexual abuse, and adult sexual victimization. Additional areas of expertise include mental health care and family support for the LGBTQ community, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and the coming out process. Artistically, Daniel thoughtfully explores the psychological complexity of the human figure by examining themes of darkness, whimsy, pain, and resiliency.

From the Heart

Naropa students search beyond the attainment of critical academic knowledge to acknowledge and nurture personal wisdom as a key component. Thus the students gain awareness and explore the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey of the self and engage in a healthy and challenging here-and-now dialogue with classmates. This approach purposefully encourages authenticity, insight and compassion for self and others.

Recent Publications

Feldman, M. B., Betts, D. J., & Blausey, D. (2014). A process and outcome evaluation of an art therapy program for people living with HIV. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 31:3, 102-109, doi:10.1080/07421656.2014.935593

Blausey, D., & Awais, Y.J. (2013). HIV/AIDS: Reflecting on 15 Years in New York City (pp. 214- 224). In P. Howie, S. Prasad, & J. Kristel (Eds.), Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations: Crossing Cultures and Abilities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Research/creative activity

As an art therapist I have a gentle, encouraging approach and a rich history demonstrating my ability to hear and hold difficult, sensitive and painful emotions. Clinical specialties include adults with histories of childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual victimization, life transitions, adolescents and young adults, and HIV/AIDS. Additional expertise in mental health care and family support for the LGBTQ community including sexual orientation, gender identity, and coming out.

As an artist, I am committed to maintaining an active art practice and exhibit regularly. Currently I am exploring the psychological complexity of the human figure by examining themes of darkness, pain, and whimsy exploring raw emotions, body distortions, and isolation in the human experience to expose strength, vulnerability, and an alternative sensation of beauty. The work is often completed in a combination of drawing, painting and mixed media.

Courses taught

  • ART105 Art & Consciousness: Mixed Media and Self-Exploration
  • ART230 Introduction to Art Therapy
  • ART430 Art Therapy Studio Methods PSYT611 Helping Relationships I
  • PSYT661 Helping Relationships II
  • PSYT668 Counseling Practicum
  • PSYT704 Group Dynamics and Leadership
  • PSYT754 Counseling for Adult and Family Systems
  • PSYT864 Professional Orientation and Ethics II
  • PSYT824 Internship Studio Methods
  • PSYT844 Internship Studio Methods II
  • PSYT814 Professional Orientation and Ethics I