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Melissa Weaver, LMHC, ATR-BC, is a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist who works with the Pediatric Partial Hospital Program, Adolescent Partial Program, Pediatric Anxiety Research Center partial programs, and outpatient services. Before arriving at Bradley, Weaver gained experience in a variety of settings working at residential, educational, and clinical programs throughout southern New England. Weaver was formally trained in painting at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT where she earned her bachelor's of fine art degree. She went on to study expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she earned her master’s degree in art therapy and mental health counseling.
Weaver brings medium based exploration and a process oriented approach to art-making with children and adolescents. In this way, art therapy utilizes the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the children and adolescents here at Bradley Hospital.
Rebecca Jacobson, LMHC, ATR is a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist who works with the children and adolescents of the children’s inpatient program, adolescent inpatient program, and the SafeQuest partial program at Bradley Hospital. Jacobson has prior experience working in psychiatric, residential, and educational settings, with children, adolescents, and adults.
Jacobson earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts where she majored in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, and minored in Psychology and Studio Art. Jacobson graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016 with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Specialization in Art Therapy. She offers opportunities that encourage self-expression and creativity, while aiming to foster self-awareness and build motivation. Jacobson enjoys providing atypical art materials for the children and adolescents to explore, as well as facilitating directives that encourage collaboration and build a sense of community.