Jennifer Lepke received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Fine arts and went on to receive her Master’s in Creative Art Therapy from Pratt L Institute in Brooklyn, NYC. Jennifer is fully licensed to practice art therapy and psychotherapy and is trained in the assessment, evaluation, and the therapeutic intervention and treatment of mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral disorders. Jennifer has over 15 years of clinical experience and began her work as a crisis counselor at a women’s center in 2003. She continued to develop her clinical skills while creating art-based therapeutic programs in schools and non-profit organizations while also working in psychiatric and medical settings. Her experience includes work with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma and loss. Lepke has created a 6 week group methodology for survivors of sexual trauma that integrates creative arts therapy, somatic psychology, eco-art therapy, mindfulness practice and group theory. Lepke has utilized her insight as a clinician to advocate and inform our global community on the treatment and effects of gendered based violence. Her work on the trafficking of women and girls into the US was presented at the capital, she has also presented with the Non-Violence Organization of The United Nations. She has work at the state level to change policies to reflect PTSD during the reporting and defining of sexual assault on university campuses. She deeply believes that sexual trauma is pandemic and has resulted in the misdiagnosing and oppression of mass populations. Jennifer is the founder of The Art Therapy Nest.