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'Let the beauty of what you love

be what you do.'

                                             ~   Rumi





'My vision is to facilitate individual and group expression through art, music, drama, and dance/movement to clients of all ages with all levels of functioning. I provide creative opportunities that integrate education, mentoring and therapy.

I offer resources, support, and introductory training in arts therapies to parents, faculty, and professionals in other institutions through seminars and workshops.

I use expressive arts therapy to help people reach their fullest potential.'



Alessandra Colfi holds a B.A. in Linguistics, a Master in Fine Art, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Expressive Arts Therapy. She’s a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and The Society for the Arts in Healthcare.


Her background in design & fine art is combined with extensive studies and applications of behavioral science, counseling psychology, spirituality and academic mentorship. Her research and dissertation focus on empathy as it emerges and is strengthened through the expressive arts process and as a vehicle for raising awareness and healing.  Alessandra has been using art and its therapeutic effects for over 9 years in private and clinical settings (assisting cancer patients, Alzheimer’s seniors, developmentally and physically disabled adults and children, the general population of adults, teens and children.


Alessandra is a Faculty and the Associate Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Department at IUPS; she facilitates her expressive arts therapy program with cancer patients and caregivers at San Diego Cancer Research Institute, provides sessions for developmentally disabled adults through California Mentor, facilitates Creative Playshops at Golden Door, teaches K-6 art through ARTReach, assists victims of trauma and a diverse client base through her private practice.

Alessandra volunteers with San Diego Cancer Research Institute, Amnesty International, several community committees and serves on the Board of UURISE, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable, trustworthy legal immigration counseling, representation, and resettlement services to marginalized immigrants and refugees.


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Recently Alessandra has added a new dimension to her repertoire: she joined her husband William Leslie in creating artistic lighting fixtures called Paper Sun Lightsculpture

Alessandra’s Expressive Arts Therapy sessions, Creative Playshops™, fine art lessons, art history/appreciation lectures, and trainings have been offered through the years at The Wellness Community; Caring Community - Living with Cancer; Scripps Cancer Center;

 Cal-A-Vie, the Spa Havens; Fallbrook County Library;

Deer Park Monastery; San Dieguito Adult Education; TERI, Inc.; Cosmikids; Canyon Crest Academy; OMA School of the Arts, Fallbrook Art School, The Children School of La Jolla;

Shi-ho Gallery; The Unity Center.


Alessandra's unique Cardissima!™ Art Cards are found at:       

 Trios Gallery on Cedros, Solana Beach; Vista Art Foundation;
Scripps Foundation at Memorial Hospitals La Jolla & Encinitas;  Flexiciser Int’l; Christina’s Lingerie, Boulder, CO;

Le Soutien, Denver, CO.




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