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Art Therapy and Floortime


Conveniently Located in Columbus Circle!

330 West 58th Street, Suite 310
New York, NY 10119

Next to B, D, A, C Trains
Walking Distance to N, R, Q Trains

Dana Whiddon, founder of Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC, is a NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with extensive experience working with children and families.  She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University, C.W. Post. Her passion for the DIR/Floortime model ignited when she accepted the challenge of establishing an art therapy program at a therapeutic day school for children with developmental disabilities. Over the years, Ms. Whiddon has worked closely with multi-disciplinary teams to coordinate individualized treatment programs. She is a DIR Certificate Candidate, Level III, where she receives ongoing training in the DIR model, and has received extensive DIR/Floortime training by leading clinicians in this field.

Ms. Whiddon has presented nationally on the benefits of combining DIR/Floortime with Art Therapy principles to foster growth up the developmental ladder. She believes that art is a powerful vehicle for self-expression and supports the development of creativity and communication. As a developmental art therapist, Ms. Whiddon excels at bringing a child’s passion for art-making into a shared experience. She uses the art media to encourage reciprocal interactions and to support the development of abstract thinking. Ms. Whiddon is aware of the child's sensory, visual, and motor-planning systems and will adapt materials to promote optimal exploration and expression. She is also a training analyst at the Institute for Expressive Analysis.

Ms. Whiddon is a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), of APA’s Division 39 (Division of Psychoanalysis), the Institute for Expressive Analysis (IEA), and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). 

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