Each and every member of the Spotted Rabbit Team is hand-selected based on the unique skills and experiences they bring to the studio. While we all share a similar therapeutic approach and artistic philosophy we also believe it’s appreciating these individual differences that make our studio “feel like home”. That is, everyone is accepted just as they are.

Meet the Team

Sarah Beren, MS, LCAT| Director

Sarah holds degrees in graphic design, art education, and creative arts therapy. She is a mixed media artist specializing in acrylic painting, hand-built ceramics, and hand sewing although she’s worked with just about every medium out there. As an artist with a disability her work has been exhibited several times through VSA-sponsored national and international juried competitions in Washington, D.C., as well as in smaller shows locally.

As a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Sarah offers a unique experiential therapy experience that includes art-making, CBT and DBT principles, mindfulness practice, and a focus on developing a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Sarah accepts clients who may prefer to work in less traditional media such as wood working, ceramics, mixed-media, and fiber arts.

Areas of Expertise:
• Developmental Disorders
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Chronic Pain & Medical Issues
• Disordered Eating/Binge Eating Disorder
• Complex Trauma & PTSD
• Severe Mental Illness – Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders

Mark Rodgers, MS | Limited Permit in Creative Arts Therapy

Mark works in an art-based setting to help individuals take a mindful approach to their well-being. By addressing maladaptive coping skills using elements of CBT and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) stimuli and consequences can be identified and explored. Mark welcomes clients who prefer traditional visual arts media, as well as those with an interest in woodworking.

Areas of Expertise:
• Children & Adolescents
• Complex Trauma/Grief & Loss
• Developmental Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders
• Life Transitions
• Parenting & Family Therapy

Keith Handy | Teaching Artist

Keith has been composing, performing, recording, and producing original music since his childhood in the early 1980s. With a focus in progressive or “art” rock Keith has produced several concept albums and a rock opera. He studied music theory at SUNY Fredonia, as well as computer art and film making at University at Buffalo. In line with Keith’s passion for the continual study of the creative process in all forms, he has branched out into improv comedy, computer art in GIMP, programming in C++ for generative art and signal processing, puppetry and puppet making, and video editing. When not immersed in this complicated stuff, he is content to play a few old songs on an acoustic guitar.

Visual and musical art making is a naturally therapeutic activity and Keith’s mentoring approach is particularly good at helping participants develop social skills, overcome shyness and anxiety, and learn how to effectively communicate and collaborate with others. Spotted Rabbit Studio art and music therapists frequently partner with Keith to bring additional therapeutic elements into his classes depending on participant goals and needs.

Emily Silco, MS, MT-BC | Board Certified Music Therapist

Emily has degrees in Music and Creative Arts Therapy. She specializes in vocal music and can play multiple instruments including piano, guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. Emily has been a member of choirs, musicals, and operas since she was 14 years old. Along with these performances, Emily has performed in multiple collaborative musical and drama experiences alongside members of the disability community.

Emily uses music as a therapeutic means in a holistic, client-centered approach to help individuals achieve health and wellness. She encourages self-expression to work towards a higher quality of life through passive and active music activities, principles of CBT, and mindfulness practices. Emily welcomes clients, with musical and non-musical backgrounds, who enjoy playing, creating, and listening to music.

Areas of Expertise:
• Developmental Disorders
• Medical Issues & Chronic Pain
• Eating Disorders – Anorexia/Bulimia
• Complex Trauma/Grief & Loss
• Severe Mental Illness – Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders
• Depression & Anxiety Disorders