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About Hofstra

In Focus: Stephanie Laureano

How did you become interested in Art Therapy?
From a very young age I have always loved art, and I have always admired the manner in which both my grandfather and father would create artwork. Both father figures were stoic in nature; however, they truly became alive when they put pencil to paper. I relate to their nature and attitude in many ways. Thus, they became my inspiration to practice my craft. My personal experience with art making has always left me feeling empowered. Moreover, being that I’m shy by nature, art has always helped me convey things I was afraid to vocalize. When it came time to consider what I wanted to do with my life, I knew I needed to make creativity and art-making a lifetime decision. Yet, my path to discovering a role that would mesh my desire to help others and create art was not apparent at first. It was through the guidance of my undergraduate counselor that I discovered the creative art therapy counseling career path.

What did you study in your undergraduate degree:
Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design.

What brought you to Hofstra?
After graduation, I took a year off from school to work and fervently researched different art therapy programs. At the time, I was short a few psychology pre-requisite credits. I knew that my lack of psychology credits would make my application to art therapy programs a lot more difficult. I found that Hofstra considers all aspects - application, portfolio, and personal interview within their acceptance decision. I took a leap of faith and submitted my application. Upon my interview, I was ecstatic to hear I could still be considered for acceptance with my situation. I ended up being accepted and given the opportunity to actively acquire the psychology credits within the first year of the graduate program. Thus, in many ways I consider my acceptance into the Creative Arts Therapy Counseling program a huge blessing.

What are the things you like about being a Hofstra CATC student?
I really enjoy the passion each professor has for the profession. Each professor provides a unique perspective on their application of creative arts therapy counseling. Furthermore, I am constantly inspired by each of my peers who come from such diverse backgrounds and walks of life.

What is the best experience you had as a CATC student?
My favorite experience while studying at Hofstra has been getting the opportunity, through one of the program electives during the summer, to expand my knowledge of sand-play therapy. Getting the chance to see the professors sand-play therapy studio first hand was amazing.

What populations do you like to work with?
I haven't determined a particular population I wish to work with. However, I am completely open to creating a positive change through art in whichever community I get the opportunity to work within.

Stephanie Laureano

M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy Counseling ‘19
Brick, NJ