Michelle Harris Napoli Michelle Napoli, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC



  • Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy


  • Master of Arts, Art Therapy, Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Bachelor of Science, Community Development – Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California - Davis, Davis, California


  • Clinical Skills and Practicum I
  • Practicum II
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Advanced Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Trauma: Theory and Treatment
  • Multicultural Trauma Sensitive Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Research and Practice Interests

  • Arts Based Research
  • Social Action & Participatory Action Research
  • Trauma sensitive cross-cultural arts based community engagement
  • American Indian language revitalization
  • Historical and intergenerational trauma responses post genocide

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massachusetts (LMHC)
  • Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATR-BC)


  • Teaching Assistantship, Mount Mary University, Doctorate in Art Therapy
  • Tribal Education Scholarship, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Mount Mary University, Doctorate in Art Therapy
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Trauma Center at JRI, Brookline, MA
  • Career Development Grant, American Association of University Women
  • Art Therapy Scholarship, Marylhurst University
  • Service Award, Commission of Education and the Environment, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Service Award, University of California, Davis, Applied Behavioral Sciences Department

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Supervisor, Consultant, Trainer, Expressive Arts Therapist, Art Therapist, Counselor, Social Activist, and Researcher
  • Artist and Board member of Incest Resources, Inc. and the founder of the Survivor Quilt Project, which creates community engagements for the traveling exhibit “Incest Survivors Speaking Truth to the Next Generation” to discuss preventive, proactive approaches to intergenerational trauma. 
  • Artist and collaborator with her California tribe, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, on revitalization of the Coast Miwok language.  
  • Cross-Cultural arts based community engagement training to counseling graduate students, psychologists, and other community providers working in Guatemala to support those with trauma exposure.

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Expressive Therapies Division. Positions:
    • Associate Director of Field Training  
    • Interim Art Therapy Coordinator
    • Full Time Faculty
    • Adjunct Faculty
  • The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (JRI), Brookline, Massachusetts. Positions:
    • Trauma Certificate Program Faculty
    • Trauma Center Training Institute Trainer
    • Clinician (Art Therapist) providing individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and expressive therapies to adults, adolescents, and children with trauma exposure
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children, Belmont, Massachusetts. Children’s Wellness Initiative, Art Therapist, Clinician, Consultant, and Trainer
  • Mario Umana Middle School Academy, East Boston, Massachusetts. Consultant and Trainer
  • Riverside Day Treatment at Newton & Riverside Partial Hospital Program, Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts. Clinician and Art Therapist
  • Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Corvallis, Oregon. Intensive Treatment Services Classroom, Clinician and Art Therapist
  • Gateley Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program, Portland, Oregon. Art Therapy Intern
  • Gateley Academy, Portland, Oregon. Art Therapy Intern
  • Parry Residential Center for Children, Portland, Oregon. Milieu Counselor
  • Head Start & Even Start, Portland, Oregon. Art Therapy Intern
  • Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Children’s Bereavement Program, Group Leader

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counselor Association, Member
  • American Art Therapy Association, Professional Member
  • New England Art Therapy Association, Professional Member