The Patient Palette was founded by Lisa Mirabile, LCAT, LPAT, ATR-BC. Lisa was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Before finding her calling in art therapy, Lisa attended Northeastern University where she earned a double Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts & English, along with a minor in Art History. After spending almost a decade building a career in digital marketing, Lisa decided she wanted to spend less time at a computer screen and more time directly using her artistic skills to reach and assist vulnerable populations. She searched for ways to tie her artistic skills into a human service career. After reading the book "Art Heals" by Shaun McNiff, she discovered the field of art therapy, and decided to make a career change.

Lisa is now formally trained in Art Therapy and Creativity Development with a master’s degree from Pratt Institute. 

 

Lisa believes in the restorative tenet of art therapy—the tremendous impact it has on the imagination to create and lead a person to a deeper sense of self-awareness. After many years working in NYC alongside individuals that benefited from person-first care, Lisa has strived to make her approach to art therapy as adaptable as possible for each person with whom she partners. She has used this person-first approach in several settings, including social service agencies, schools, in-home, in residential settings & group homes, both one-on-one and in groups.

Lisa has witnessed the complacency in too many areas of our health system, and society, where accessibility is not possible for a vast majority, including those with visible and/or invisible disabilities. She has also witnessed person-less care. Person-less care typically involves a lack of patience. The principle that The Patient Palette was founded on speaks directly against that: Patience, awareness, empathy, dignity, choice, and peace of mind are the core values of our studio. The Patient Palette's mission is to offer more accessibility through creative arts therapy and advocate for the underserved in doing so. Lisa will remain involved in a dialogue with her community peers, legislators, local businesses and organizations that share the same values. The Patient Palette will continue to expand its offerings based on how it can best serve our community. 

Lisa recently served as a volunteer therapist for NY State OMH Covid 19 Coping Circles. She facilitated a six-week support and resilience group via telehealth. The group primarily consisted of bereaved caregivers who tragically lost a loved one during the height of the pandemic and were exhibiting trauma and unforeseen adjustment in their lives. Lisa last served as a Clinical Supervisor to NY State Project Hope Covid Relief Crisis Counselors who were providing mental health counseling to DOE elementary through high school students through the non profit Counseling in Schools in 2021-2022.

Who We Are

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Professional Associations

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  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), New York 

  • Licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT), New Jersey

  • Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)

  • Master's in Art Therapy & Creativity Development, Pratt Institute

  • Bachelor's in Visual Art & English, minor Art History, Northeastern University

Lisa Mirabile

LCAT, LPAT, ATR-BC

Founder & Art Therapist

Certification & Training:

 

  • NYS OMH Covid19 Coping Circles & Emotional Support Hotline Training

  • Trauma-Informed Care Training for Nursing Home Staff 

  • Introductory Training in Daoud’s Holistic Method for encouraging the use of play, art, and creativity to reduce aggressive behavior among adolescents 

  • The TTAP Method ®, Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming Certification

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Images in slider courtesy of Annie Nottes: Edith at Pratt Art Show & Lisa working with Edith in her home circa 2013

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Lisa Mirabile, while working as an Art Therapy Graduate student at Pratt Institute, came and spent many home visits with my mother, Edith, during her thesis. In the throes of dementia, and nearing the end of her life, Lisa’s visits brought such joy, creativity and a sense of self and emotional nourishment to my mom that I will always remember! My mother thrived and created an amazing body of artwork under Lisa’s tutelage that culminated in a One Woman show at Pratt. Lisa’s skills and therapeutic knowledge, her patience and compassion, enabled my mother to reach deep into the depth of her being. I am forever grateful, as was Edith.

Annie Nottes, Daughter & Caregiver of Edith Nottes

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Partnering Therapists For Your Care & Needs

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Maya Nadler

LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT

Dance/Movement Therapist
  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), New York 

  • Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB)

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Massachusetts

  • Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Expressive Arts Therapy with a Speciality in Dance/Movement Therapy, Lesley University

  • Bachelor's in Psychology & Sociology, Brandeis University

Maya Nadler is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist in NY state.  She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. She comes with a range of experience working with families, children, and adolescents of all abilities.  Her experience includes community spaces, clinical programs, school settings, and acute care.  Maya is a therapist and an educator, and is passionate about using movement as a way to make mental health treatment accessible.  

Maya's Business Instagram:

@movement_with_maya

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Tekla Benson

LCAT-P, Yoga certified

Art Therapist and Yoga Instructor
  • Limited Permit Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT-P), New York (completed required hours, pending LCAT license number from NY state)

  • Karma Kid Yoga Certified

  • Master's Degree in Creative Arts Therapy, Pratt Institute

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts, Parsons the New School for Design

Tekla Benson, MPS, LCAT-P is a Creative Arts Therapist. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design. Tekla was working as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator in NYC when she discovered Art Therapy. She received her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. While in grad school, Tekla was a preschool teacher for the Village Preschool Center in the West Village. In 2020, Tekla brought Art Therapy to the preschool’s afternoon program, facilitating art, movement, and environmental/sensorial individual and group sessions to the participating preschoolers. Tekla worked with the nonprofit organization Counseling in Schools for three years facilitating individual and group art/movement based therapy in public schools in Brooklyn. Tekla is a certified yoga instructor for children under the age of 5 and loves integrating movement with art in individual and group therapy sessions for all ages.

 

Tekla offers art focused collaborative activities that positively reinforce creative expression, critical thinking, social/body awareness, and motor skills development. Sessions also include sensorial activities that facilitate multiple sense engagement, promotes calm bodies, and excites curiosity. For example: expressive movement and art making with fresh herbs, organic materials etc. Tekla will facilitate and support the advancement of your children’s artistic expression, emotional regulation and social awareness.

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Advocacy

The Patient Palette maintains relationships with organizations that advocate for the well-being and mental health of individuals in our community and beyond. We always welcome hearing how we can better meet our community's needs, as well as look forward to partnering with other practices and businesses that share similar values for community wellness.

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Theoretical values

We are trained in understanding human development across the lifespan. We value an integrated approach to care that embodies elements of Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Biological theories of therapy. We believe in holding a sincerely approachable space, that is both empathetic and imaginative. We offer a 20-minute First Client greeting call to make sure that you find us the right fit for your needs, and vice versa, at no cost. We believe each client should have a realistic expectation about what we can offer them through the process of Creative Arts Therapy.

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Supervision hours

If you are a NY State Limited Permit holding/eligible Creative Arts Therapist that needs supervisory hours, we would be happy to mentor you. Please contact us to discuss your therapeutic area and need. If we appear to be a good match, we would certainly support you through your journey.

Megaphone White Icon Illutration pointing right

Advocacy

The Patient Palette maintains relationships with organizations that advocate for the well-being and mental health of individuals in our community and beyond. We always welcome hearing how we can better meet our community's needs, as well as look forward to partnering with other practices and businesses that share similar values for community wellness.

Lightbulb white icon, illustration

Theoretical values

We are trained in understanding human development across the lifespan. We value an integrated approach to care that embodies elements of Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Biological theories of therapy. We believe in holding a sincerely approachable space, that is both empathetic and imaginative. We offer a 20-minute First Client greeting call to make sure that you find us the right fit for your needs, and vice versa, at no cost. We believe each client should have a realistic expectation about what we can offer them through the process of Creative Arts Therapy.

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Supervision hours

If you are a NY State Limited Permit holding/eligible Creative Arts Therapist that needs supervisory hours, we would be happy to mentor you. Please contact us to discuss your therapeutic area and need. If we appear to be a good match, we would certainly support you through your journey.