LMHC, MDIV, CAGS, PhD candidate
Mary Putera is a licensed mental health counselor, expressive arts therapist, and community art facilitator. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of mental health, trauma recovery and peace-building . Mary’s work history is intentionally rich in cross-cultural work, community/generational trauma recovery and fostering communities of dignity, diversity and peace through arts based projects. She works in the US and internationally teaching EXA and Community Art providing arts-based cross-cultural internship opportunities.
Mary’s work has spanned the US and now reaches the international community. She currently serves as the academic and practicum advisor as well as professor of Expressive Art therapy and Community Art for Expressive Arts Nepal. She has guest lectured and facilitated arts-based experiences for The Theological and Sociological College of Nicaragua, North Park Seminary in Chicago IL, and Portland Seminary in Portland OR. Mary has served as faculty for both The Vancouver Expressive Arts Institute and The European Graduate School since 2013.
Mary has had the great privilege of working with students completing thesis work across the globe in various contexts including prisons, colleges, immigrant family community centers, indigenous people groups, and refugee camps. Along with teaching and providing EXA Therapy supervision, working as a thesis advisor is particularly life giving to her.
Mary’s philosophy of teaching is grounded in the understanding that: To be a teacher is to remain a student, ever grateful for life-giving sharing amidst the learning community.