Alessandra Colfi, PhD, RYT-200, ZIN®

Alessandra Colfi holds a BA/MA in Linguistics, a Master’s in Fine Art, and a Doctorate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200, Certified in Yoga for Cancer Recovery and Advanced Back Care, and a Zumba Instructor (ZIN®).

She provides her Expressive Arts Therapy programs at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center working and supporting patients in their healing journeys, and assists individuals process their grief after the death a loved one at The HeartWay.  Her whole person-centered, mindfulness-based approach is compassionate, and uplifting, and draws from many different traditions and modalities like Meditation, MBSR, Guided Visualization and relaxation techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Pranayama (breathwork), Movement, EMDR, as well as from community resources.

Dr. Colfi is a member of San Diego Cancer Research Institute (SDCRI), a faculty member, and Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Department at International University of Professional Studies; MiraCosta College Kinesiology Dept. Advisory Board Member, a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH), Yoga Alliance, North County Cancer Fitness, Yoga Vista, Michelle’s Place, Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, Consciousness and Healing Initiative, Arts Health Network Canada.  Dr. Colfi has been using the creative arts and their embodied therapeutic qualities for over 22 years in private and clinical settings assisting oncology patients, families, and individuals experiencing grief.

Dr. Colfi has presented at professional conferences like APOS, AHIM, CSU Symposium for Palliative Care Research and Education, and Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Summit, and received numerous awards for her artwork and service; in 2014 she received the San Diego Cancer Research Institute Award of Excellence for contributing to improving the quality of life of cancer patients in San Diego County.

Keep up with Alessandra, and keep in touch:
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Phone: 858.735.5708

  • Expressive Arts Therapist: UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
    UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine
    San Diego Cancer Research Institute
    The HeartWay: Embracing Life. Honoring Death.
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Dept. Chair & Faculty:
    International University of Professional Studies
  • Artist Co-owner: Paper Sun LightSculptures
    Zumba® Instructor (ZIN®) UC San Diego
    North County Cancer Fitness at EOS Fitness
    Yoga Branch Vista Village
  • Yoga for Cancer Recovery Certified Teacher:
    Be Well
    Phoenix Rising Yoga for Cancer Recovery
    North County Cancer Fitness
  • Member: International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
    Consciousness & Healing Initiative
    Arts Health Network Canada


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