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About Me

J. C. Findlay MA MFT, ATR

I am a fully qualified Marriage And Family Therapist with 20 years experience of counseling working in the USA, France and the UK. I am a registered Art Therapist. I have worked in varied settings from schools, to hospitals and in private practice. I am a fluent French speaker having worked in France for over 8 years.

I am adjunct faculty in two Psychology Graduate School in Marriage and Family in San Francisco. I have an active interest and publish internationally regarding the contemporary field of neurobiology (how the brain works) and how it informs psychotherapy practice and art therapy. I have just co-authored a new book , Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, and Resiliency. New York, NY: Norton.

I train mental health professionals in Art Therapy applications including in the Mari mandala Assessment and parents in Mindfulness Pratices.

I have long-term interest in the mind-body-imagery connection and as a certified yoga instructor I actively include relaxation, breathing, mindfulness techniques, and simple yoga combined with personalized imagery for stress reduction for those who are interested.



2000-2002    Phillips Graduate Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, (MFT), Specialization in Art Therapy.                        

1995-1997    The Open University, Milton Keynes, England.

                      Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. 

1991-1993     ATEPP CEFAT, Atelier Les Pinceaux, Paris, France.

                      Diploma in Art Therapy.                              

1990-1991     Chelsea School of Art and Design, London, England.                         

                       Foundation Course in Fine Art.

1988-1989     Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Montreal, Canada.

Teacher Training Course.                                                              

1988-1990      Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

                        Master of Arts, History.       

1984-1987      Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

                       Bachelor of Arts, History.

License & Certifications 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT # 43152 ,California Board of Behavioral Sciences, USA

Masters Degree in Psychology, majoring in Family Therapy and Art Therapy: Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino,California, USA

Registered  Art Therapist, # 05-065, ATR, USA

Certified Mari® Mandala Trainer

Certified Art Therapy Training ATTEP- CEFAT Paris, France



Hass-Cohen, N., & Clyde Findlay, J. (2015). Create: The Art Therapy Relational Neurobiology Approach. In Rubin, J. (ed). Approaches to Art Therapy: Theory and Technique. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge (In Press)

Hass-Cohen, N., & Clyde Findlay, J. (2015). Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, and Resiliency. New York, NY: Norton

Hass-Cohen, N., Clyde Findlay, J., Carr, R., & Vanderlan, J. (2014). “CHECK, Change and/or Keep What You Need”: An Art Therapy Relational Neurobiological (ATR-N) Trauma Intervention. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 31(2), 69–78.

Hass-Cohen, N. & Clyde Findlay, J. (2009). Pain, attachment, and meaning making: Report on an art therapy relational neuroscience assessment protocol. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 36(4), 175-184.

Clyde Findlay, J. (2008). Immunity at Risk and Art Therapy. In Hass-Cohen, N. & Carr, R. (eds). Art therapy and clinical neuroscience. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Clyde Findlay, J. Lathan, M. E. & Hass Cohen, N. (2008). Circles of Attachment: Art Therapy albums. In Hass- Cohen, N. & Carr, R. (eds). Art Therapy and clinical neuroscience. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Clyde Findlay, J. (2003). A cryptogram from the Self: Using MARI® Card Test© and MARI® Assessment to Find a Profile for Male Juvenile Sex Offenders. Progress: Family Systems Research and Therapy. Journal California Family Study Center, 5(1), 21-28.


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