My name is Galit Shezifi Gigi and I was born and raised in Israel.
I have been practicing in the mental health field for 20 years.
My work experience includes therapeutic interventions with individuals of all ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. My current focus is on helping women and children navigate life transitions and personal growth. Additionally, I have spent time helping individuals experiencing mental illness, children with special needs, the LGBT community, and the bereaved.
I am currently facilitating expressive arts and HealthRHYTHMS drumming workshops at mental health agencies and schools throughout San Diego.
As an Expressive Arts Therapist, my clients work with me on creating an environment where they can express their innermost feelings and thoughts verbally and nonverbally. Each session is geared toward a client's personal growth.
I'm trained in 5 art modalities: visual arts, movement, drama, music, and poetry.
We focus on the process of art making and not on the product. The art making is meant to encourage self expression; not to be an end in itself. Clients need absolutely no previous skills in the arts to attain value, understanding and joy from each session.
Expressive arts is about empowering the client. As a team, we use art modalities that foster the connection between the client and the resources within oneself.
My methodology is solution oriented. We create an individualized plan that targets your needs. Our goal is to find quick and effective solutions to life challenges (rather than staying stuck on the problem).
No previous experience in the arts is necessary.
Degrees and certifications:
MSW-Masters in Social Work, San Diego State University
Post graduate certification, The Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego
HealthRHYTHMS drum facilitator certificate
Seminars & Workshops