“The Art of living well and the art of dying well are one.” — Epicurus
I am Nandi Szabo, M.A., ADTR, an Expressive Arts Therapist, college professor, Death Midwife, wellness practitioner, artist, drummer, dancer, writer, yogini, music collector and someone who practices the creative art of living.
It is with sincere grace and compassion that I offer my service to assist the dying and their family and friends in finding meaning and value in their unique experience of death and dying… at bedside or at my studio. In providing a paradigm that recognizes the importance of caring, compassionate and loving support through loss and grief, going beyond verbal interaction I use the Creative Art Therapies, CAT, which is also referred to as Expressive Arts Therapy. This includes movement, art, music, poetry, Biblio, photography interventions.
Having earned my masters level training in Expressive Arts Therapy graduate program at Lesley College in Cambridge Massachusetts, I combine my clinical training in psychology with my firsthand knowledge of the arts and their potential for holistic healing of the mind body and spirit.
My work with cancer patients at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento CA for the last 20 years has directed me to take Expressive Arts Therapy into palliative and hospice care.
I am particularly interested in wellness and the CAT relationship between other healing arts such as yoga, meditation, spirituality and Arts in Healthcare.
I have introduced the important role creativity plays in living a meaningful life as well moving consciously into the end of life transition.
I teach “The Psychology or Death and Dying”, “ The Psychology of Creativity” , “Therapeutic use of the Arts” and “The Hero’s Journey” at Sacramento City College. I am a founding member of Full Circle Living and Dying Collective in Grass Valley, California