Sarah Anacleto, ATR-BC, LPC

Sarah is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut (#002349) who works to promote individual and community well-being through the use of the creative arts process. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, and received a Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree from Albertus Magnus College, where she was awarded the highest GPA in her graduate program and chosen as speaker for the Graduate Honors Awards.

Sarah has traveled and worked as an Art Therapist in various urban and rural settings within the U.S. and abroad, including engaging in community-based art therapy with individuals and families in Peru. She has experience providing individual, group, family and community art therapy in school, day treatment, residential, assisted-living, and clinic settings with clients of all ages.

Sarah also has experience serving as a Medical Art Therapist in a hospital setting, where she supported patients and families facing trauma, medical diagnosis and treatment, major surgeries, chronic pain, and end of life issues. As an advocate for community art therapy, she has organized large scale art projects, murals, and provided art therapy group sessions at workshops for healthcare professionals.

Sarah has also supported client art shows to raise awareness for various issues and the power of art therapy when facing challenges. As an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College, Sarah taught courses on foundations and ethics in art therapy, as well as a seminar on exploring gender identity and art therapy. She has and continues to supervise graduate students and graduates working towards professional credentialing in Art Therapy. Her article, “Aspirational Ethics: Considerations for Art Therapy Practice in a Health-Care Setting for Adults with Dementia” was published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association in January of 2019.

Sarah is continuously inspired by the imagination, insight, and courage of others and strives to support them in accessing and appreciating their own unique strengths. She believes in the innate creativity of all people and has witnessed the positive impact of art-making and creative expression on health, healing, self-awareness, and interpersonal connection.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and pets, being outdoors, traveling, and pursuing her own artistic endeavors.