Counselor and Art Therapist
Drena Fagen grew up in Florida, studied graphic design, and had a career in advertising in Los Angeles . until a solo journey around the world changed her perspective, becoming "the catalyst for a career change." After earning a masters degree in Art Therapy, she became increasingly interested in the clinical aspect of her work. She enrolled in NYU and earned her MSW. Currently, she puts her social work training to use in several capacities: she works at a clinic with child survivors of sexual abuse, and she is developing an arts-based wellness center in Brooklyn (NY). Reflecting on her decision to pursue social work, Drena stated, "I wanted the credentials and knowledge to expand the clinical skills I had acquired working as an art therapist, so that I could focus my work more on social causes and issues that were important to me."