Leara Glinzak, MSAT, ATR
If you ask her, Leara will say she has experience with “grief, trauma, domestic violence, terminal illness, cognitive impairments, distress, life transitions, anxiety, homelessness and dementia”. But, her cheery disposition is evident. And her creative approach to therapy brings hope to those who are suffering.
Leara is a Registered Art Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy from Seton Hill University. And her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University. Leara is the owner of I Light LLC, a public presenter and a published author (peer reviewed Journal of American Art Therapy Association). She has facilitated workshops in venues from retirement communities to the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
At Sanford House, Leara conducts group sessions (often in art gallery spaces). She is able to combine some of her practice areas in helpful ways – such as grief, trauma and addiction. She says, “I am honored to see someone’s authentic self working toward bettering their life – mind, body and soul.”
In her free time, Leara enjoys Cross Fit, rowing, cooking, writing, reading, adventures, hiking, traveling and always learning new things. She is currently taking ukulele lessons and (of course) spending quality time with her dog, Peanuts.
Leara says, “Why do I work with addiction… well, because each person is separate from their addiction. When someone walks through the door, I see a person with courage, resiliency and self-care. I see a person who is striving for a better self and that is the type of person I am honored to work with.”