Briana Chalker, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC (Staff Therapist)
Briana is a licensed mental health counselor and board certified art therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and in a variety of communities. Her experience includes: anxiety, autism, trauma, depression, communication disorders, social/pragmatics, crisis intervention and cross-cultural art therapy.
Briana believes in the importance of working from a client-centered approach incorporating art, music, movement, play and mindfulness into her therapeutic practice. Through incorporating a myriad of approaches into her practice, she works with each individual to create a therapeutic approach that is designed specifically to each person., 978-548-6288 ext 804

Lily McConnell, LMHC (Staff Therapist)

A graduate of Lesley's Expressive Therapies program, Lily has years of experience include using art and play in therapy. Lily also has several years experience of care coordination, which has helped her see each child and family in the context of their community and support systems. Lily brings a client-centered, strengths-based, mindfulness approach to her work with clients. In addition to being a trained expressive arts therapist, Lily is also trained in DBT., 978-548-6288 ext 807

Cassandra Breniser, MA, LMHC (Staff Therapist):
Cassie Is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2014. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, elderly, groups and families in a variety of settings with an array of presenting problems: including struggles in mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationships & communication, trauma, cultural competency, LGBTQ, suicidality, crisis intervention, female related issues and Alzheimer’s disease & dementia.

Clinically, Cassie is holistic and intermodal in her nonjudgmental approach to meeting the client where they are at. She also incorporates: art, movement, music, writing, mindfulness, humor and play into sessions.  She is also trained in DBT. Cassie believes that everyone is creative and it is the client’s individualized process that is at the heart of the work., 978-548-6288 ext 806

Natalie Blue and Madelene Pario, co-owners

Meet the Artful Life:

Allison Rabin, LMHC, ATR-BC (Staff Therapist)
Allison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist who earned an MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2007. For more than a decade, Allison has worked with clients of all ages, individually and in Arts-Based Therapy Groups, to address challenging emotional, cognitive, and social issues through Art Therapy. Her specializations include: Trauma and PTSD, Anxietyand Depression, and Social or Communication difficulties. Allison is also trained in DBT. 

In her clinical work, Allison helps clients identify their objectives for therapy and collaboratively designs art projects to address these objectives through metaphor. Through an intuitive process, clients come to surface unexpressed thoughts and feelings effecting their mental health. Clients develop an inner voice and set of tools that help them to make healthy decisions and overcome obstacles, feeling less stuck and more adept at achieving life goals.

Allison is an accomplished visual artist and enjoys sharing her passion for drawing, painting, sewing, and mixed media., 978-548-6288 ext 809

Al Vautour, LICSW, RDT (Staff Therapist)

Al, a licensed independent social worker and a registered drama therapist, has worked with children and adults in various capacities over 20 years including: in-school counseling, Youth Fire-Setters, Emergency Service Professionals, Immigrants and specializes with children on the Autism Spectrum.

As an artist and as a clinician Al is committed to the central place of play, drama and story in the lives of his clients. He strives to assist individuals in accessing their stories through play and drama, always looking toward their existing strengths and emerging skills to bring about solutions to their challenges. Though specializing in Drama Therapy, his work is supported and informed by the wide use of expressive arts therapies and as such strives to pair the best modalities to the needs of his clients. Al is also a DBT trained therapist., 978-548-6288, ext 808

The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio, LLC

234 Cabot Street, Beverly MA 01915 • 978-548-6288 •

Lisa Silveria, MA, LMHC (Senior Therapist):

Lisa is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy in 1993, and her training was focused on using the various arts modalities to assist others in exploring their issues, and expressing their feelings through the creative process. Lisa's professional experience has included working with a myriad of populations, including children and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Her professional specialties are sexual abuse and domestic violence. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Endicott College. Lisa is trained in both EMDR and DBT., 978-548-6288, ext. 803

Madelene Pario, LMHC, ATR-BC (Co-Director and Founder):  

Madelene is a licensed mental health counselor, board-certified, registered art therapist, and artist with a Master's degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also works as an adjunct professor at Lesley University. In addition to children and families, Madelene also works with adolescents and adults with a diverse range of issues. Her areas of clinical expertise include: anxiety, depression, PTSD, racing thoughts, anger management, hyperactivity, bipolar disorder, group work and parenting support.

​Madelene is trained in cognitive behavioral trauma-focused therapy for children (TF-CBT), and is a Level One Certified Trauma-Informed Art Therapist. She is also trained in both DBT and EMDR, a treatment used to help with trauma and phobias.  She uses an eclectic approach, incorporating her skills in Art Therapy with Positive Psychology, Focusing, Mindfulness and DBT to treat a diverse range of issues. As an art therapist, Madelene is trained in using the arts (drawing, painting, collage, journaling, poetry, sculpture, etc) to help her clients access and express their thoughts and feelings. Often, using the creative arts can help unblock or express an issue that cannot be accessed through words, and can help a client progress in treatment. Art therapy has been proven to be especially helpful for those who have difficulty with verbal expression, and for those with a history of trauma or PTSD., 978-548-6288, ext. 802

Natalie Blue, MA, LMHC (Co-Director and Founder): 
Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Expressive Arts Therapist and the Co-Founder of The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio in Beverly, MA. Over the past 10 years, Natalie has worked for various human service agencies on the North Shore such as Children’s Friend and Family Services, Family Continuity, the North Shore Rape Crisis Center and HAWC providing counseling to children, families, adolescents and adults. She was also the Clinical Director of the Spotlight Program at the Northeast Arc.
As a therapist, she practices a person-centered approach and applies a range of techniques including verbal therapy, CBT, mindfulness, expressive arts therapy, and play therapy depending on a person's needs and preferences. She also believes building an authentic connection with clients allows them to feel more grounded, self-aware, and able to have deeper and more meaningful relationships with themselves and other people in their lives.
In addition to The Artful Life, Natalie is also an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Endicott College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), The Incredible Years and RainbowDance. She is a Level One Certified Trauma-Informed Art Therapist and trained in EMDR and DBT.​, 978-548-6288, ext. 801

Rebecca Perry, LMHC, ATR-BC (Staff Therapist)​​

Rebecca is a licensed mental health counselor who earned her Masters degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University in 2010 and has since worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings.  Being well versed in a multitude of art mediums, Rebecca is able to utilize a combination of approaches in her art therapy work that best meets the needs of the individual. 

Clinically, Rebecca is committed to supporting the individual from a holistic point and adapting to the needs of the client.  Having worked with individuals from a wide range of settings, she is mindful of the impact of one’s environment and circumstances on both the issues at hand and how best to address them.  This could range from working in the visual arts, to music, movement, play therapy, and a variety of other approaches.  In addition, she works to empower the person to gain a sense of agency over their own life and feel confident in addressing any issues or stressors that may arise.  She specializes in trauma-informed care, LGBTQ issues, women’s/girl’s issues, depression, anxiety, and self-identity development. Rebecca is also trained in DBT., 978-548-6288, ext. 805