Alessandra Colfi, PhD

Alessandra Colfi holds a B.A. in Linguistics, a Master’s in Fine Art, and a Doctorate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is a Certified Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery Teacher and a Zumba Instructor (ZIN®). She facilitates Expressive Arts Therapy programs at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego Center for Integrative Health, and The HeartWay, providing a specific expressive arts therapy program to assist individuals process their grief after the death a loved one.  Her whole person-centered approach is compassionate, uplifting, and draws from many different traditions and modalities like mindfulness meditation, guided visualization and relaxation techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), breathwork, as well as from community resources.

Dr. Colfi is a member of San Diego Cancer Research Institute, a Faculty member and Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Department at International University of Professional Studies; a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Consciousness and Healing Initiative, Arts Health Network Canada.
Dr. Colfi has been using the creative arts and their therapeutic qualities for over 18 years in private and clinical settings assisting oncology patients, families, and individuals experiencing grief.
Dr. Colfi received numerous awards for her artwork and volunteer 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.

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  • 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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