The Art of Integration
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Meet the Founder- Juanita J. Viera, LCAT

Juanita Viera is a Native New Yorker with elders from Puerto Rico. She identifies as a “Nuyorican” and has been surrounded by music and arts from an early age.

Juanita decided to pursue professional art education and applied to New York’s "fame school" LaGuardia H.S of the performing arts, where she was accepted as a student and majored in visual arts. After LaGuardia, Juanita received full scholarships to University of Rochester where she studied psychology and studio art and went on to complete her Master’s at Nazareth College of Rochester in Creative Arts Therapies.

Juanita entered the burgeoning DIY arts scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn after completing her studies. Since then, Juanita has been an active community member creating therapeutic art programming in collaboration with local wellness elixirs bars and nightlife dance events throughout Brooklyn.

Juanita is excited to launch her practice offering art therapy for healing trauma and creativity development services for collective wellbeing.

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Our Mission

The Art of Integration's mission is to heal the impact of trauma from adverse childhood and life events through psycho education, exploration of creativity, community connection and expanded states of consciousness.

Integration means coming into contact with all parts of our selves and connecting those scared or hurt parts together with our loving and wise parts. Integration also means applying the insights gained in therapy into lifestyle adjustments and healthy communication in relationships.

The Art of Integration practice will be expanding to include music, dance, poetry and drama therapy services for clients who have a passion for the healing power of the creative arts. AOI will also add MDMA and psilocybin treatments for mood disorders as they become legally available.

AOI currently offers an innovative treatment called Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). The Art of Integration assists clients as they delve into altered states of consciousness using arts or Ketamine therapy to integrate the benefits and wisdom from these expanded states. 

AOI specializes in working with clients who have felt "othered" or like outsiders in society in some way. AOI values inclusivity, diversity and social justice and welcomes clients from all identities and backgrounds.

J Lyn Thomas, LCAT

Stress, difficult life transitions, loneliness, micro and macro aggressions, work overwhelm, relationship difficulties, and traumatic experiences impact not just our thoughts, but also our bodies and how we move through our daily lives. Through body-based interventions, we can holistically address your emotional, behavioral, and cognitive health.

In each session, I co-create a judgment-free and curiosity-filled space with you. Sessions are a blend of movement experiences and verbal processing. I draw from African Psychology and movement traditions along with strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and PolyVagal Theory. My goal is to meet you where you are and move alongside you to achieve your therapy goals.

I am a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and I specialize in working with Black, Indigenous, POC and LGBTQIA+ teens and adults in virtual and in-person sessions.

With a long standing passion for psychology and an extensive dance background, J Lyn learned early on in life how powerful it is to be connected to your body while recovering from traumatic experiences, maneuvering school and work-based stress, and surviving the violence of oppression. Eager to learn more about the power of the body in psychology, J Lynobtained her Masters of Science in Creative Arts Therapies with a focus on Dance/Movement Psychotherapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Emily Michalski, LCAT

As humans, we begin to heal as soon as we feel heard. I believe in the power of listening to client expression, whether that be through art, music, movement, or words. You have a light within you that can sometimes be dimmed by the pressures of the world. Through the process of self-expression and self-reflection, you have the potential to let your light become a beacon for yourself.Emily Michalski is a NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with a Master of Science Degree in Creative Arts Therapies and a concentration in Visual Arts from Nazareth University. Emily is creative and compassionate in her approach to working with others. Emily utilizes a person-centered approach, placing value on the notion that you know yourself best. She has unique clinical experience working with eating disorders, gender diversity, suicidal ideation, identity development, life transitions, body image, grief, anxiety, and depression. Emily identifies as Queer and holds a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. She compassionately supports clients along their journeys of self-discovery while also assisting in fostering a sense of community and connection. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, hiking, camping, snuggling with her cat, and doing anything art related. 

Laura Foxx, LCAT, MT-BC

Laura Foxx (she/her) is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist and music therapist based in Brooklyn, New York (traditional Lenape and Canarsie territories). She received her certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy from Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) in Boulder, Colorado. She has experience working with the Queer and TGNC community, as well as Poly/Kink identities and altered states.Guided by healing justice and revolutionary growth principles, Laura's approach to therapy incorporates trauma-informed and person-centered care. Using her trained musical ear, she guides clients to become aware of patterns and narratives through listening with curiosity and openness. Sessions with Laura are eclectic, combining verbal processing with somatic experiencing and creative exploration. She considers the therapeutic process co-work, emboldening clients to connect with their deepest selves while confronting both unique and broad oppressive structures. Above all, Laura is passionate about growth, agency, and resilience in the quest to subvert pathologizing and colonized healthcare structures. 

Inspirational Quotes

"We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become."

- Carl Jung

“I am my own muse, the subject I know best.”

– Frida Kahlo

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  

– Georgia O’Keefe

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

-Vincent Van Gogh

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