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Karina Sorensen


Karina is an art therapist/counselor and has been with Artlighten since 2021. Karina takes special interest in women's issues and empowerment, and is also an active ally and safe space for LGBTQ+ clients. Karina feels honored with every opportunity to be part of a client's story and witness them on their healing journey.


Karina has experience working with adults, teenagers, and children struggling with anxiety and depression, among other mental health conditions. She has worked as both an individual and group therapist and also enjoys hosting public art workshops (check out our shop page to see what we're currently offering). 


Karina earned my MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Albertus Magnus College after receiving my BA in Photography from WCSU. Like most art therapists, she has loved and created art for as long as she can remember. Also having fallen in love with psychology, discovering a path that brings together her love of art and her passion for helping others has been the greatest gift.

Karina Sorensen
Francesca Siano

Francesca Siano

Francesca is Art Therapist and Counselor. She received her dual degree Masters of Art Therapy and Counseling from the CAAHEP, ACATE and AATA accredited school Albertus Magnus College located in New Haven, CT. Francesca has art therapy experience working with a diverse group of populations of all ages both domestic and abroad and in a variety of settings. Francesca has worked as both a group and individual therapist serving those who are struggling with mental health conditions and illnesses including co-occurring substance use and addiction issues.

Francesca is passionate about her line of work and has an instinct to help people access ways for expressing their feelings through creative channels. She has a genuine and calming demeanor which encourages an open space for an individual to feel comfortable and at ease with one’s emotions and vulnerabilities. She is dedicated to supporting individuals of all ages with their mental, physical, and emotional well-being with the wholehearted notion that art therapy is an immensely powerful therapeutic intervention that fosters the mind-body-spirit connection and facilitates healing and growth in the most intrinsic way.

Francesca offers art workshops and groups at Artlighten LLLC. Visit our Shop Page to register for a workshop/group today.

Colleen Warner

Since Colleen was a child, she loved to create art and help others. Colleen has always found psychology fascinating and art-making thrilling; when she discovered that she could combine her two passions, it all clicked into place and she knew that being an art therapist was what she was meant to do. Colleen continuously marvels at the magic that creativity and expression can bring, and is passionate about sharing that magic with clients.
Colleen graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art. She earned her Master of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Colleen is excited to continue her journey in this profession and to have the opportunity to connect to people through art making.



Elizabeth Mainstruck


Since Elizabeth was ayoung child, she always felt this strong connection to the art making process. Making art for her has always been a holding space for emotions and experimenting with thoughts that she couldn’t verbally express. She found that the magic of art therapy has the ability to allow individuals the power to visualize and express thoughts or emotion in a nonthreatening way.
Elizabeth earned her BA in Illustration from the University of Connecticut. She furthered her education by earning her Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Elizabeth is excited to connect with individuals through the art making process and guide them in their own personal journey.

Jessica Dey


Jessica’s two greatest passions in life are helping others and art. Art Therapy is a beautiful blend of art facilitating healing in an individual’s therapeutic process.

Jessica graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Art in Art with a minor in Psychology and a Master of Education in Art Therapy and Counseling from Springfield College.

Jessica has experience working with children, teens, adults, and older adults in individual and group settings. Jessica has clinical and non-clinical experience working with individuals from various backgrounds, diagnoses, goals, and concerns. She has worked as an art therapist both on telehealth and in person.


Jenna Reeser


All my life Jenna's life, art has allowed her to express herself when words could not. She knew from the age of 4 years old that she wanted to grow up and have a job that involved art making. Jenna's interest in psychology peaked when she had to experience grief at a young age and found that art was her coping mechanism and allowed self-expression through those hard times. Discovering art therapy allowed her to bring both her passion for art and the desire to help others through hard times, together.
Jenna graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT with a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology. Jenna received her Master of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Jenna is thrilled to continue using art therapy and the power it has to heal.

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