Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, has over a decade of experience providing art therapy for survivors of sex trafficking, homeless families victimized by domestic violence, inpatient and outpatient pediatric medical patients and their families, and families of hospice patients and the bereaved. She is the owner and art therapist of Art Therapy Heals, LLC, collaborating with community organizations and educating the public about art therapy and its benefits. Since 2011, she has continuously served on the Buckeye Art Therapy Association board, including as president for two terms. She has also been a committee member for the American Art Therapy Association for the past three years. Mary has delivered numerous creative workshops and presentations at local colleges and regional, national, and international conferences. She has authored several articles and book chapters.
People who have been so deeply and repeatedly traumatized are extremely difficult to reach, and trust is very hard to achieve. In addition, such traumas leave scars that are only accessible through nonverbal means, the main reason that art therapy is a vital pathway to disorders caused by repeated assaults on the body and the psyche. Art therapists are fortunate that Mary Kometiani has decided to compile a great deal of information about this important topic, and to provide us with numerous examples of its treatment through art. Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM President, Expressive Media, Inc. If you are looking for a resource to learn more about human trafficking and the role of art therapy with survivors, the authors of this text provide a comprehensive overview of approaches and best practices from a trauma focused, holistic, and restorative framework. This book informs practitioners about how art therapy can be a vehicle for trauma intervention, advocacy, empowerment, and hope. Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP Art Therapist, Renee Jones Empowerment Center & The Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic; Adjunct Professor, Ursuline College Counseling and Art Therapy Program This comprehensive book sheds light on one aspect of humanity's shadow. The information is not only alarming but also a call to action for the pervasive area of sex trafficking. The utilization of expressive arts for healing is well documented and most effective for the recovery of this population. Janet Rasmussen Ph.D., Psychologist and Teacher, Executive Co-Chair International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Mary Kometiani's Art Therapy Treatment with Sex Trafficked Survivors is a holistic piece and a prime example of the restoration of personhood that art therapy can bring to a survivor's life. The book is beautifully written to reflect the continuum of care involved in all aspects of healing and does so using a comprehensive view of sex trafficking in a global context. Celia Williamson, PhD, MSW, LSW and Joanna Jaimes, MSW