About

Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC have offices in Washington, DC and Tuscon.   Presenters travel nationally and internationally to provide workshops on stress management, creativity, and well-being.

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Founder/Executive Director

Rebecca is a licensed, registered and board certified art therapist with twenty-five years of experience in mental health and in facilitating training and workshops. She travels between Washington, DC and Arizona, running workshops on stress reduction and burnout prevention and serving as a wellness counselor and art specialist at Miraval, the internationally renowned resort in Arizona.  She also serves as one of the core workshop facilitators for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC, for clients affected by life threatening illness and providers working with them. She is a regular contributor to Vibrant Life magazine, writing about creativity, wellbeing, and stress management.

In 2010, Rebecca was awarded Clinician of the Year by the American Art Therapy Association for her work with adults and her commitment to training graduate art therapy and counseling students. Her focus has been in crisis stabilization and it is through this work that she has developed an appreciation for the power of the human spirit to prevail even in the darkest moments.

Known for shooting straight from the hip, Rebecca brings sharp focus and wit to presenting.

Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC,
Founder/Partner, Creative Director

Gioia is also a registered and board certified art therapist with over  twenty-five years of experience in mental health and workshop facilitation. She is on the faculty at George Washington University and Marymount University and received her PhD from Drexel University’s Creative Arts Therapies Program where she researched the expression of positive emotions in art.  She was honored with a provost fellowship and she has received multiple awards: Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA) Professional Scholarship, the PATA Distinguished Service Award and the Sylvia Shaw Judson Sojourner Award for artists concerned with social justice.  She works with substance abuse clients at Sagebrush Treatment Center in McLean, VA.

Gioia publishes regularly on the topics positive art therapy, arts-based research, and altered books.

Gioia’s brightness and generally cheerful disposition embodies the optimism that Creative Wellbeing Workshops promotes.  She, her husband and two daughters, and Barley, the Golden Lab, live in Alexandria, Virginia.


The Creative Wellbeing Workshops Team

Rebecca and Gioia collaborate with private, government, and non-profit organizations, universities, practitioners, trainers, students, and clients to help them experience more personal and professional wellbeing.  

Creative Wellbeing Workshops is an Approved Continuing Education Provider through the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6566). They were instrumental in developing the American Art Therapy Association’s ICE-AT (Institute for Continuing Education-Art Therapy), an online venue for National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) approved continuing education courses, and for the continuing education programming of the Potomac Art Therapy Association and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Gioia and Rebecca teach graduate students at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program blending exciting new research emerging from the field of positive psychology with the life-enriching field of art therapy. They are passionate about supporting and engaging in the ongoing development of therapists.

They are authors of Positive Art Therapy: Envisioning the Intersection of Art Therapy and Positive Psychology, an article which suggests a new direction–“Positive Art Therapy”–to combine the complimentary elements of these two fields.