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Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D, RYT-200, ZIN® , Chair of our Expressive Arts Therapy Department 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, a Certified Yoga for Cancer Recovery Teacher and a Zumba Instructor (ZIN®). She facilitates Expressive Arts Therapy programs at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, at Revivorship Post Cancer Wellness Center in Encinitas, and at The HeartWay, providing a specific expressive arts therapy program to assist patients in their healing journeys and individuals process their grief after the death a loved one.  Her whole person-centered, mindfulness-based approach is compassionate, uplifting, and draws from many different traditions and modalities like Meditation, MBSR, Guided Visualization and relaxation techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Pranayama (breathwork), Movement, as well as from community resources.  Dr. Colfi is a member of San Diego Cancer Research Institute,  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 20 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. 

Phoenix Rising Expressive Arts Therapy

with Alessandra Colfi, PhD, RYT-200, ZIN®


Expressive Arts Therapist

Expressive Arts Therapy Dept. Chair & Faculty: International University of Professional Studies

Yoga Teacher RYT-200

Yoga for Cancer Recovery Certified Teacher, Advanced Back Care Yoga 

Zumba® Instructor (ZIN®)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center 

Revivorship Post Cancer Wellness Center   

San Diego Cancer Research Institute 

The HeartWay: Embracing Life. Honoring Death. 

North County Cancer Fitness 

The Soul of Yoga  

Be Well Therapy 


San Diego Cancer Research Institute

Consciousness & Healing Initiative

Arts Health Network Canada

Yoga Alliance

MiraCosta College Kinesiology Advisory Board ~ 858.735.5708

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