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Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, has been a licensed mental health counselor, since 1994, and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) since 2005. His clinical work combines expressive arts therapies with body-centered approaches with a variety of populations addressing concerns related to chronic pain, recovery from trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues.
Dr. Kossak has trained in a variety of mind body modalities including Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage and Bioenergetics. In Expressive Arts Therapies he has training in, music therapy, experimental theater, psychodrama, and authentic movement.
He studied Sound Healing with pioneers in the field of sacred sound and transformation of consciousness, such as Dr. John Beaulieu author of Music and Sound in the Healing Arts and Silvia Nakkach director of the Vox Mundi Project.
In addition to these trainings, he has studied and practiced contemplative based healing forms such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Vispassana meditation, and Iyengar yoga for over 30 years. He earned his doctorate from the Union Institute and University in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology.
He has written about and presented his research on rhythmic attunement, improvisation, psychospiritual and community based approaches to working with trauma and embodied states of consciousness at conferences nationally and internationally.
He is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health and Co-Chair of the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University where he has been a professor since 1999. He is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy – https://www.ccthomas.com/details.cfm?P_ISBN13=9780398081362.