Jena Leake, Ph.D., R.E.A.T. is an artist, registered expressive arts therapist, educator, creative mentor, and consultant who is passionate about supporting others in becoming artists of their lives. Over the past 20 years, Jena has been designing and facilitating expressive arts trainings, workshops and retreats in a variety of settings, including university graduate programs (formerly as Assistant Professor of Human Development & Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University); mental health agencies; public schools; art galleries and museums; and through her studio located in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has also cultivated a private practice offering expressive arts therapy, creative coaching and mentoring, and clinical arts-based supervision for therapists and helping professionals.
As an intermodal expressive artist, Jena practices a body-centered approach to expressive arts, which integrates movement and somatic awareness, visual art-making, writing, and contemplative practices. Jena received her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy (magna cum laude), along with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Research, Leadership & Training in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education & Consulting, from the Arts, Health & Society Division of the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She also has a Masters in Counseling and a Bachelors in Speech Communications & Psychology.
Jena’s creative offerings grow out of her genuine commitment to her own personal, artistic and professional growth. She has been deeply influenced by her on-going studies with Susan Harper, creator of Continuum Montage as well as her memorable, transformative experiences with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement. Trainings through the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, along with her involvement in the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association since it’s founding in 1995, continue to inform Jena’s evolving practice. As a true artist of inquiry, Jena is forever re-imagining her life through art.