Board of Directors, Chairs, Regional Liaisons
Clarissa Greguska, LPCC, ATR-BC
Clarissa Greguska (she/her/hers) works at Take Root Therapy, a group private practice, where she specializes in couples, adolescents and adults who might need support around anxiety, depression and getting unstuck in life and/or relationships. She is a board certified art therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor and is currently in the process of obtaining an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy certification. She is also a proud dog mom, lover of nature, hiking, plant-based cooking, and has completed two marathons.
Clarissa has been with SoCalATA for five years and has previously been the Governmental Affairs Chair and Secretary. Currently, she is the President and volunteers at SoCalATA because she loves art therapy, believes in the power of art therapy, and feels strongly about mental health advocacy.
“I am passionate about working with others through creative expression as a way to foster personal and community agency, healing and growth. Art is life but I love research and being physically active too! In my work, I strive to cultivate therapeutic and professional relationships through creativity, art and play!"
Other current positions: Governmental Affairs Committee Chair, California Art Therapy Advocacy Initiative Committee Member, Program Committee Chair
Kat Scarim, MA, ATR-P
Kat Scarim (she/her/hers) is an artist, a practicing art therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a certified yoga instructor in the Los Angeles area. In 2019, Kat received her Masters of Arts in art therapy from Lewis & Clark's Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. Soon after graduation, she relocated to California and began practicing in community mental health where she is now working towards obtaining her art therapy credentials.
Kat's clinical lens is strengths-based and narrative-focused. She works to assist patients in retelling and reclaiming their own stories through creativity. Kat loves experimenting with all art mediums and has currently found herself making rugs! When she is not at work or in her art studio, Kat can be found tending to her garden, snuggling with her cat, or hiking in the Angeles National Forest.
At SoCalATA, Kat volunteers as the secretary and hopes to continue improving her professional development and network all while following her passion of advocating the field of art therapy.
Other current positions: Public Relations (Interim Chair)
Serena Hsieh, LMFT, ATR
A Hollywood native, Jessica has been a visual thinker her whole life. Her passion for creativity & understanding how the brain works, is part of everything she does. An alumna from both UCLA and ArtCenter College of Design, (including ArtCenter Europe), Jessica spent decades as an Art & Design Director building brands and creating alongside some of the brightest minds in the business world such as Saul Bass, Lee Clow and Steve Jobs. Spending almost 19 years at Chiat\Day & TBWA\ advertising she was an asset to almost every client in the agency. Most often, helping to build the brand of the agency itself as Global Director of Art & Design. Jessica is most proud of her lead creative work on the “Think different” campaign for Apple Computer, which won many awards, but more importantly set a new path for how the world today creates & communicates.
Today, with a Masters degree in Psychology/Art Therapy in her toolbox, she is a licensed and board-certified clinical Art Therapist. In her private practice, affectionately called "The Limbic Lounge,” Jessica builds on her years of experience working in school, business, senior respite, assisted living or grief camp settings to help heal minds that are still developing, overwhelmed, or experiencing the difficulty of decline or loss. She uses creativity and neuroscience to help people of all ages navigate the personal life-stage challenges of Parenting, Adulting, Aging, & Grieving. Jessica uses art making and a gentle hand to help unlock cognitive barriers, while employing the language of visuals to relieve anxiety and to understand how her client’s unique brain works. She helps develop understanding, coping skills and useful tools so creative individuals, families or business teams can get to calm in their hectic lives.
“I have joyfully taken on the role of Chapter Delegate as I have been a SoCalATA and national AATA member in the background for some years and felt it was time for me to give back and share what I have learned, yet also to develop stronger and deeper ties to the incredible artful humans that choose to walk the path of the Art Therapy profession.”
Genia Young, LMFT, ATR-BC
Multicultural Ad Hoc Committee (Interim Chair), Honors Committee Chair
Genia Young (she/her/hers) is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in art therapy, from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) as well as a Master’s Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College.
Currently, she provides clinical art therapy services and art therapy supervision in both her private practice and at LMU where she is a part-time faculty member. She is also a member of the Active Cultural Explorations Committee (ACE) that advises the art therapy department on cultural considerations in education and community outreach, including professional development to alumni on cultural awareness.
Genia has been a member of SoCalATA since she was an art therapy student. A few years after graduation, she volunteered as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, then was elected President-Elect and succeeded as President in 2020.
“Over the years I have become deeply invested in art therapy education and practice and the welfare of art therapists. I believe that if I want to see a difference I need to make a difference.”
Kathleen Fogel Richmond
MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Los Angeles County Regional Liaison
Kathleen is the Practicum Coordinator for Loyola Marymount University's Martial and Family Therapy/Art Therapy program. She is a 1995 graduate of LMU's art therapy program, and was an art therapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Century City Hospital, Mission Community Hospital and Inter-Community Child Guidance Center where she specialized in working with older adults and their families, pervasive mentally ill clients, and abused children. She has supervised LMU students in their practicum since 1996 and has taught several courses. She was also our 2021 AATA Conference Logo Artist.
Jeannine Mackin-McGhee, LMFT, ATR-BC
Orange County Regional Liaison
Jeannine Mackin-McGhee (she/her/hers) is a retired therapist who worked with individuals, families, children, groups, and persons who experience intellectual, developmental and/or medical disabilities. Jeannine has been able to implement art therapy into her clinical therapeutic approaches, which are aligned with experiential and humanistic therapeutic modalities.
She has been a member of AATA and SoCalATA for 35 years, both as a student and a professional. Presently, Jennine volunteers as the Orange County Regional Liaison.
“I believe there is a need for us, as art therapists, in OC, to network with each other, as well as with art therapists in the other regions of SCATA. I would like to encourage more SCATA members to meet and have more involvement opportunities.”
Teresa Grame LCSW, ATR-BC, RPT-S
San Diego Regional Liaison
Teresa Grame, art therapist, social worker, and play therapist works with youth impacted by trauma at a large healthcare organization. The mentorship Teresa has received from the art therapy community in San Diego continues to inspire her professional development. Involvement with SoCalATA has provided opportunities to contribute to supporting others to increase their connections within the local art therapy community and beyond.
Stacey Thompson, LMFT, ATR-BC
Santa Barbara County Regional Liaison
Stacey Thompson (she/her/hers) is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered art therapist. She works on a holistic treatment team at the Family Counseling and Trauma Healing Center in Solvang, serving adults recovering from addiction and trauma. Since 2020, Stacey has volunteered as the Regional Representative for Santa Barbara County.
“I believe in building a strong community of art therapists, and I am happy to do what I can to support our volunteer board.”
Madoka Urhausen, LMFT, ATR-BC
Ethics Committee Chair
Madoka Urhausen (she/her/hers) works as a field instructor and art therapy supervisor in Loyola Marymount University’s graduate department of marital and family therapy with clinical art therapy. Additionally, Madoka is a program manager at the Guidance Center’s school-based program and runs a private practice offering intermodal expressive therapies. At SoCalATA, she was the Co-Chair of the Multicultural Committee, the Chapter Delegate, and is currently the Ethics Committee Chair.
Madoka volunteers at SoCalATA because she wants to help build a strong community of art therapists and make art therapy a viable choice of modality for consumers.
“The leadership and learning opportunity I gained by serving in SoCalATA has been useful for my professional development. Inspirations and a sense of comradery with fellow art therapists are immensely satisfying. I hope to see more people get involved.”
Jackie Carson, LMFT, ATR
Membership Committee Chair
Jackie Carlson received her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University and recently completed a certificate program in Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching. She expresses, "I'm very interested in addressing mental health through a holistic lens, which is what led me to study integrative nutrition health coaching."
Jackie currently works as an art therapist for Children's Hospital Orange County and has her own business that provides online coaching services. She has also worked at The Guidance Center, a community mental health clinic in Long Beach, providing school-based counseling services.
At SoCal ATA, Jackie is the Membership Committee Chair and has previously served as the Membership Committee Co-chair. Jackie volunteers at SoCal ATA to stay connected and build a community with local art therapists.
Fund Raising Committee