Drena is a graduate of the Pratt Institute masters program in Creative Arts Therapy and the NYU School of Social Work. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University in the Silver School of Social Work MSW program. Drena's approach combines art and talk therapy to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression related to current life challenges, childhood abuse, trauma, daily stress, and burnout. Drena recognizes the power of the creative process combined with cognitive-behavioral interventions in moving clients of all ages from "stuck" places that keep them from enjoying life fully and reaching their full potential. Drena has a particular interest in helping to ameliorate the effects our culture's unspoken messsage to perform optimally at all times— a formula for burnout and situational depression in professionals, parents, and particularly in teens. She presents regularly on the problem of vicarious trauma in the helping professions and offers weekly art therapy groups on these topics. She holds an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. Her personal art runs the gamut from other-worldly abstract paintings to realistic portraits.
Read an interview with Drena on the NYU Art Therapy blog.
Drena Fagen, LCSW-R, LCAT, ATR-BC