About

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


Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Founder, Managing Director

Rebecca is a licensed, registered and board certified art therapist with over 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 a core workshop facilitator for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC, for clients affected by life threatening illness and providers working with them. 

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

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.

Rebecca is also a practicing artist and illustrator of the Miraval Mandalas Coloring Book.  Her artwork can be seen at www.RebeccaWilkinson.com.  Rebecca lives between DC with her mother, twin sister, and nephews and AZ with her husband and cats.  

Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC
Founder, 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 holds licenses as a Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) in Maryland and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in Virginia.  Gioia 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 presented on positive art therapy internationally.  Gioia has written numerous articles and book chapters and is on the faculty at George Washington University.  Professional Interests also include arts-based research.

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 online distance learning interface, ICE-AT (Institute for Continuing Education-Art Therapy), and the Potomac Art Therapy Association’s continuing education program.

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 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.and t