Tonya White, M.S., is an expressive arts therapist and mental health counselor. Utilizing a multi-modal approach to therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy incorporates drama, dance, movement, art, and mindfulness to help children and adolescents learn how to express and manage their emotions. Expressive arts therapy can uniquely engage individuals with a range of developmental and learning styles, and can be particularly helpful for clients who have difficulty accessing traditional therapy.
Tonya has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and has a particular interest working with individuals who struggle with anxiety and self-regulation difficulties. Tonya is committed to both offering direct services and to educating other professionals about the benefits of Expressive Arts Therapy.
Prior to working at NESCA, Tonya worked at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) in the adult services department, where she provided consultation to adults and families, conducted individual anxiety management training, and led social skill and emotional support groups. Tonya also worked at the Spotlight Program of the Northeast ARC where she led improvisational drama games that helped children and adolescents with ASD to develop social, emotional regulation, and practical life skills.