Janeen Mary Chasan, MA, LCAT. ATR-BC, Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist
Janeen Mary Chasas has over 10 years of clinical experience as a creative arts therapist and is the Founder and Director of TheDigitalBereavementAcademy.com. She has held Creative Arts Therapist positions at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center and Metropolitan Jewish Hospice System.
She has co-authored an article on the subject of depression that was published in The International Journal of Psychological Research. Additionally, Janeen provides professional development and supervision to creative arts therapists that are new to the field.
My involvement with grief goes way beyond my professional experience, as I have been stumbling down grief lane since I was 19 years old when I experienced my first significant loss.
My passion for helping people who are grieving a significant loss stems from my own childhood experiences. As a child with a chronic medical illness, I learned to bury my feelings about my illness and put on a happy face so everyone around me thought I was ok.
I became a slave to keeping my true feelings hidden. And this behavior carried over as such after my dad died It wasn’t until I started to express my losses via creativity that I was truly set free to start living the amazing life that I live now.
I fuse my personal experiences of struggle and growth with my education and training to fulfill my mission to help you heal, energize and explore your own unique goals.
So, I want you to know that I have been exactly where you are right now. Although I know that everyone’s grief journey is totally unique and your path is not mine, it’s my mission to help prevent you in taking any of the missteps that I took at the very beginning of my own grief journey.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “What the heck does that even mean!?”
As human beings, we have this wonderful gift, called creativity, that allows us to be able to express our deepest sorrows CREATIVELY. That’s what grieving like a human is all about.