Susan Paul Firestone is a practicing artist and art psychotherapist in New York city. She has a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her dissertation, Art as a Catalyst for Resilience: Women Artists With a Life-Threatening Illness, explored the creative process in relation to health and ill health. She is a Board Certified, Licensed Creative Arts (LCAT) Therapist and psychotherapist in private practice. Susan’s training at New York University in art therapy and at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in the Child and Adolescent Program laid the foundation for her work in trauma post 9/11. She has worked for FEMA and The Red Cross in lower Manhattan in a hospital, several schools, and community centers. In addition, she has a MFA in painting and has exhibited her work for over thirty years nationally and internationally.