Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC has offices in Washington, DC and Tucson, AZ. Due to COVID, we are currently providing all of our services online. Contact us at 202.352.5225 for a free consultation to explore how we can help you and the people you care about experience more positivity and wellbeing.
The Creative Wellbeing Workshops (CWW) Team
Rebecca and Gioia are seasoned therapists and presenters with over 30 years of experience collaborating with private, government, and non-profit organizations, universities, practitioners, trainers, students, and clients helping them experience more personal and professional wellbeing.
Rebecca and Gioia playfully joke that they represent the light and the dark sides of positivity. Gioia is optimistic, emotionally buoyant, and cheerful. Rebecca is more pessimistic and cynical but also warm and humorous. Together they model what putting positivity into action looks like as a team, in their work with others, and in their personal lives.
They are authors of Positive Art Therapy Theory and Practice: Integrating Positive Psychology with Art Therapy which suggests a new direction–Positive Art Therapy–to combine the complimentary elements of these two fields. They teach graduate students on that and other topics related to psychology and art therapy at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program.
Creative Wellbeing Workshops is also an Approved Continuing Education Provider through the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6566) and conducts professional development in a range of topics such as Positive Ethics, Positive Art Therapy, and Arts-Based Research.
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Founder, Managing Director
CWW Workshop Facilitator and PrimaryTherapist
Rebecca provides all of the therapy services for CWW.
Known for her wit and for shooting straight from the hip, Rebecca brings her extensive professional experience and her personal journey with pessimism and negativity to her work with others.
Rebecca specializes in the following areas:
- People facing debilitating and life threatening illness such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and cancer.
- Frontline providers, caretakers, and mental health practitioners in danger of burnout and compassion fatigue.
- People trying to gain more control over their use/abuse of drugs and alcohol.
- Family/friends coping with someone else’s substance abuse.
- People trying to understand and cope with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD), major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) .
- Family/Friends of someone who have a severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, or schizophrenia or one of the conditions listed above.
- Couples, families, friends, and team members struggling with inherent differences who want be more accepting, forgiving, and appreciative of their partners.
- Adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, anger, and resentment, who want to learn how to manage difficult feelings.
- People asking themselves “Who am I and what am I doing here?”
- People who are facing important decisions and want the answers that are most congruent with who they are and what they are working toward.
Rebecca has over 30 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient care. She has extensive training in a wide range of modalities and interventions including art therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness-based practices, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), motivational interviewing, sand tray, psychodynamic and Jungian therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), psychodrama action methods, trauma recovery, 12 Step recovery, positive psychology principles, and traditional verbal psychotherapy.
Rebecca’s focus has been in trauma recovery, stress management, and 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.
Rebecca is also a practicing artist and illustrator of Coloring Creates Wellbeing: The Desert Mandalas Coloring Book. Her artwork can be seen at www.RebeccaWilkinson.com. Rebecca lives between Washington, DC with her mother, twin sister, and nephews and Tucson, AZ with her husband and cats.
Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, CSAC
Founder, Creative Director
CWW Workshop Facilitator
Gioia serves as one of CWW’s primary workshop facilitators and continuing education coordinators. She was a Provost Fellow at Drexel University’s Creative Arts Therapies Ph.D. Program where she completed award-winning original research on the expression of positive emotions in art. She has taught at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and presents on positive art therapy internationally.
Gioia is a registered and board-certified art therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience. She holds licenses as a Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) in Maryland and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in Virginia.
Gioia is on the faculty at George Washington University and publishes regularly on such topics Positive Art Therapy, Positive Emotions and Art Therapy, and Arts-Based Research.
In addition to being a practicing artist, Gioia has a special passion for communal art projects such as Altered Books and collaborative art swaps. She, her husband and two daughters, and Barley, the Golden Lab, live in Alexandria, VA. Gioia’s brightness and generally cheerful disposition naturally embodies the optimism that CWW teaches.
Creative Wellbeing Workshops has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6566. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Creative Wellbeing Workshops is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Continuing education workshops will be clearly identified.