Boulder Art Therapy Collective

Director: Sue Wallingford, LPC, ATR-BC | 303-593-0277

Boulder Art Therapy Collective
1400 Lee Hill Drive, #7
Boulder, CO 80304

Staff includes: Sue Wallingford, LPC, ATR-BC; Chatti Brown, LPCC; Danielle Rifkin, LPCC; Katie Hanczaryk, ATR, LPC; Emily Wilson, LPCC

BATC is a group of art therapists interested in making art more accessible to everyone, especially those who may not see themselves as artists. The group understands the inherent healing potential that happens in the process of creating art, particularly in community with others, and they have designed the studio with that deep healing potential in mind. Directed and founded by longtime Boulder resident, Naropa professor and artist, Sue Wallingford says, “besides art being therapeutic, we are eager to share how much fun making art in community can be and celebrate together it’s power to unite people from all walks of life.” She and her colleagues passionately believe that “creating something is good for the soul’s well being, just as physical exercise is good for the body. Art making brings us back to our senses; it makes us feel connected to our deeper soul longings; it heals us. And making art in community creates the opportunity for people to share in ways that automatically and deeply builds connection. So, art has the potential to heal us both interpersonally and transpersonally.”  

The staff at the BATC is comprised of 5 energetic, competent, and well-trained art therapists, with a variety and wide range of experience in the field. Sue Wallingford, the original founder, brings many years of practicing art therapy, as well as serving as Associate Professor at Naropa University Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology. Her greatest achievement is the creation of the Naropa Community Art Studio- International (NCAS-I), a sustainable service-learning project. The mission of this project is to bring art therapy practices into international populations working toward social justice and human rights issues. Chatti Brown has extensive experience with issues of multiculturalism and diversity. Having lived in Cambodia working with children and families suffering from generational trauma and domestic violence, Chatti brings a wealth of knowledge to the group. She has a special interest in working with middle schoolers and working with issues like self-esteem and bullying. Danielle Rifkin has a specialty in working with grief, trauma and a variety of mood disorders. She is the member who created the BATC logo that beautifully illustrates the philosophy of the Collective, and that is “we are all connected and incomplete without the other.” Emily Wilson, is the pied piper of children: her playful and creative nature, and genuine love for this work is an invaluable addition, besides being an organizational rockstar, which is a necessary quality for the building of a business. Katie Hanczaryk, with her deep love and expertise in the fiber arts, will be offering workshops that will both stimulate the senses and the soul. She has experience working with the developmentally disabled, elders and children. Learn more about the art therapists.

The mission of BATC 

Grounded in the principles of Collective Wisdom, where the vision to live and function in the world in harmony and interconnectedness with all beings, the Boulder Art Therapy Collective aims to provide an environment that inspires people to freely share and make art together in community through a variety of art-based workshops, open studios and clinical trainings. Group and Individual art therapy services and counseling are offered on a sliding scale to serve a variety of community members.