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Exploring the Power of Creativity in Psychotherapy

Presented By: Meredith Barber, Psy.D. and Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC

PCOM 4170 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Time: 8:30am to 12pm

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3.0 CE

This workshop–co-led by a psychologist and music therapist–will use theory, discussion, and experientials to explore the power of creativity in therapeutic work. Participants will learn how to encourage the innate creativity of their patients and how to tap into their own creativity in designing therapeutic interventions with both individuals and group.

Meredith Barber, Psy.D.

Since beginning work as a psychologist in 1994, Meredith Barber, Psy.D (she/her) has drawn on her creativity, and that of her clients, every day. She treats children, couples, families and individual adults in her private psychotherapy practice in Narberth, PA.    

Over the years, Meredith has led many groups. Among them: groups for women with eating disorders, groups that combine music and spiritual direction, training groups for graduate students, and a group for promoting understanding and friendship between Muslim and Jewish women.

She has taught at several graduate schools, including Drexel’s Creative Arts in Therapy program, and has presented on numerous topics, including shame, therapist self-disclosure, and the perils of rigidly adhering to theory in group therapy. She has published articles and chapters on group psychotherapy, self-acceptance, parenting, and, with her co-presenter, the use of creativity in healing. Meredith spends each summer working as a therapist at a camp for transgender youth. In March 2018, she will debut her art as part of an exhibit.

You can view her website at www.meredithbarberpsyd.com.


Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC (she/they) is a board certified music therapist. She owns Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center and works with groups and individuals at several Philadelphia locations. Julie provides consultation for individuals and organizations and offers trainings on LGBTQ competency, private practice start up, and using creativity in therapy. Julie received her Master’s in Music Therapy from Drexel University. She is also an Assistant Director at Camp Aranu’tiq, summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth.

Julie is a dynamic speaker, and focuses on a range of topics related to the voice (literal and metaphorical), creativity, and finding the authentic self. They have presented in a variety of settings, including the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, the World Professional Association For Transgender Health, and New York City’s School of Visual Arts. Their chapter “Seeking the Uncensored Self: Music Therapy with Transgender Clients” will be published in the 2018 book, Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community: Theory and Practice.

Julie has received two Leeway Foundation Grants for Art and Social Change, and this year Julie was selected as one of Drexel’s “40 under 40: recognizing outstanding young alumni who are making a mark in their professions and community.”