Hello, my name is Shelby Tesoriero-Capone. I am a transmasculine lesbian originally from a conservative town in Connecticut and use she/hers or they/them pronouns. I have been interested in the Art Therapy field once learning about it by going on college tours and seeing Art Therapy listed as a major. After researching the field, I fell in love and have been determined to open my own practice! I have a passion for art and helping people, which is the epitome of this field.
Since going on that college tour, I have studied to be an art therapist for six years! I attended St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY and majored in Art Therapy, then continued my Creative Arts Therapy education at Hofstra University and earned my Masters. During my schooling I completed internships at various locations, serving a spectrum of people with unique needs:
Rockland Psychiatric Center, Living Museum: Adults in an outpatient psych setting
Queens Museum, ArtAccess: Children with Autism and other special needs/disabilities
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center: Adults in an inpatient psych setting
Brightpoint Health: Adults at an HIV/AIDS positive day treatment center
St. Vincent’s Hospital, PROS: Adults in an outpatient psych setting
Since graduating, I have been working at inpatient psychiatric hospitals serving children, adolescents, and adults. At these sites, I learned how to be resourceful and provide treatment with limited materials. Now that I’m changing where I physically provide art therapy services, I’m excited to explore various materials that I have not been able to utilize prior!
As an individual that identifies within the LGBTQ+ community, I am aware of the difficulty to find practitioners that provide inclusive, affirming, and informed care. Since college, I have taken pride in learning how to create an authentic, safe space for all clients. My approach to treatment is holistic, person-centered, feminist and inclusive. With this being said, those seeking help do NOT have to identify within the LGBTQ community to reach out! I hope to provide exemplary care to a diverse client base.