Art Therapy Program Director, NYC

Jen Kind-Rubin is a nationally registered, board certified (ATR-BT) and a New York State Licensed (LCAT) Creative Arts Therapist living and working in New York City. She earned her Bachelors degree at New York University (2003). While there, she studied at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, combining her interests in psychology and studio art to create her own concentration. A passion and enthusiasm for this combined interest led her to obtain her Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute (2011). Jen has long been fascinated with the relationship between art exhibition and self-esteem, exploring the question in her master’s thesis and through the execution of client art shows at several past work sites. Jen has experience working with clients across all demographics, but has always had a particular interest in working with urban, at-risk youth. This focus has guided her professional career through numerous settings in New York, including homeless shelters (Covenant House and The Ali Forney Center), The Door, New York Foundling (foster care), and Brooklyn Leadership (an alternative transfer high school). It is Jen’s belief that we all have a natural resiliency, but sometimes need additional supports to discover where this inner strength lies. Art-making provides this opportunity, externalizing the internal experience, and creating space for self-discovery and empowerment.