Kristi Englesby is an artist and therapeutic arts facilitator from Orange County, California.
Combining her artistic background with counseling education and 12-Step theory, Kristi facilitates workshops that promote self-discovery, confidence building, and positive interpersonal development through art-making and the process critique that follows. Kristi is trained in the arts and certified in the use of the Art4Healing modality of therapeutic arts facilitation. Her curriculum is greatly influenced by this intuitive approach to fine art-making.
Therapeutic Arts workshops are specifically formatted to reach those coping with stress, emotional pain, disease, and addiction recovery challenges, but can be utilized by anyone seeking to further their personal self-discovery. With firsthand experience in overcoming addiction, Kristi understands the dilemma faced by many recovery clients of suddenly feeling emotions that cannot be identified, let alone expressed in words. She specifically tailors her curriculum to give voice to these buried feelings. Art projects serve as a catalyst for introspection, while reflection and peer support is encouraged during the process critique.
Clients and students that participate in the therapeutic arts workshops Kristi leads will work with a number of media including paint, ink, clay, collage, and sculpture. This variety is well-suited to provide alternative avenues of self-expression that stretch beyond the limits of verbal communication. Clients are introduced to a new language to voice their emotions, expressing themselves intuitively with color, brush stroke, and line quality. Participants are expertly guided and challenged to look within themselves for answers that lead to greater understanding of self through the creative process and visual application.
Kristi has been the lead facilitator for the Morningside Recovery Therapeutic Arts program since May of 2010 and delights in witnessing the amazing amount of insight, discovery, and happiness that is experienced by clients each week as they make personal gains during the artistic process. Kristi firmly believes that art heals. As she explains it, “Through the creative process we are challenged to question ourselves, test our technical skills and creative potential, follow through with execution, and practice acceptance of the final art piece as an extension of ourselves—all of which are exercises that benefit the process of emotional healing. I am proud to be a part of such a powerful agent of change and to share this practice with Morningside Recovery clients.”
Kristi holds both a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Chapman University. She also completed the Drug and Alcohol Counseling Studies certificate program at InterCoast Colleges and holds a certificate in Therapeutic Arts Facilitation from Chapman University’s extended education program, where she now trains and passes this practice on to others.
Kristi continues to encourage the personal growth and discovery of others in recovery, sharing the healing power of art-making at workshops for those suffering from grief, stress, abuse, and addiction through her company Kaleidoscope House. In addition to Morningside Recovery, Kristi also provides therapeutic and healing arts workshops to other agencies in Southern California including the Wounded Warriors at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) at the University of California, Irvine and the non-profit, Art and Creativity for Healing, Inc.
Learn more about Kristi Englesby and the creative, expressive and healing arts of Kaleidoscope House at www.aplace4art.com.