Artplay offers individual and family sessions, social groups, academic tutoring, parent support, cooking classes, plus assessment and treatment for challenging behaviors. Here are bios for all our helpers:
Liz Tomko – Owner of Artplay (Leads individual sessions and social groups)
Masters in Counseling with a Specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy, B.A. in Fine Arts
Liz Tomko saw that there was a gap in expressive art services for kids in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, she decided to change that by opening Artplay, a safe place for kids to explore their feelings through art-making and sensory play in a non-clinical setting.
Liz found inspiration for her calling as a teenager, while growing up in the outback of Australia. During her formative years, the local high school art teacher told Liz to one day become an Art Therapist, as she was naturally helping fellow students process their emotions through their art. Liz moved back to the U.S. and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at Texas Tech in 1997. She then moved to Arizona, where she worked as a graphic designer for 10 years. At that point, Liz took the sound advice of her outback art teacher and received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) with a Specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy at Ottawa University in Phoenix. This degree enables Liz to help kids through the use of all forms of art. Instead of working for an agency, school or medical facility, Liz asserted her independence and founded Artplay in 2010. She continually grows Artplay by expanding services in order to help as many kids in the community as possible.
Becky Goudy (Leads individual and family sessions, plus social groups)
Masters in Professional Counseling, B.A. in Psychology
Becky Goudy is a professional counselor that works with both children and their parents. She has been empowering the lives of her clients for over twelve years, as well as forming group programs that are teen-focused. Becky enjoys advocating for kids as well as parents. She believes in helping families strengthen and stabilize. At Artplay, Becky is incorporating her love for art with her exceptional therapy knowledge to help Artplay families. Becky is also an Active Parenting Facilitator.
Becky spent her childhood in Australia and California, before getting married and moving to Arizona in order to raise her family. She completed a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling at Rio Salado College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, plus her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) at Ottawa University in Phoenix. With her extensive education and experience, Becky is an asset to the families that attend Artplay.
Katelyn Bruns (Leads individual sessions)
Masters in Art Therapy, B.A. in Art and Psychology
Katelyn has been empowering children to find their strengths and increase their own autonomy since she found her love for art and psychology. This love started at a young age as Katelyn is extremely creative and likes to use a variety of unique materials that have the ability to highlight a positive self-identity. Her kind and genuine nature make Katelyn a joy for parents and kids to work alongside.
Katelyn was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Studio Art & Psychology. She then received her Masters degree in Art Therapy in 2013. During this time she mainly focused on working with children on the autism spectrum, sensory processing, trauma and social interaction. She moved out to Arizona for a new adventure and enjoys exploring the West. She is trained in child-centered therapy with a pediatric background so she can work with kids of all ages and issues.
Caitlin “Cake” Brock (Leads individual sessions and parenting sessions)
Masters in Counseling, Ed.S in Play Therapy, B.A. in Psychology
Caitlin “Cake” is a Professional Counselor and Play Therapist that works with kids aged 4-16 years, as well as parents if they need help building parenting skills for the kids that she helps. She was trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy as well as Child Parent Relationship Training at the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institute in Oxford, Mississippi. Caitlin uses Play Therapy to gain insight into a child’s experiences, thoughts and interpretations of their own world. She then uses these reflections the help the child learn how to identify and manage their emotions.
Caitlin is from Jackson, Mississippi and moved to Arizona to be closer to family in unison with joining the Artplay team. While in Jackson, she completed her B.A. in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Counseling, as well as a speciality degree in Play Therapy at the University of Mississippi. She is the newest addition to Artplay and clients are already feeling helped by Caitlin, with a 10 year old saying, “Cake is the most listening-est adult I have even met!”
Elizabeth Rowley (Academic tutor)
BS, Elementary Education
For the past decade, Elizabeth Rowley has been helping kids find a way to love learning. A past Elementary School teacher with a multi-sensory approach to curriculum, she has taught Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies to all ages. Her enthusiasm for teaching with both art integration and traditional methodology has contributed to her students’ academic successes.
Elizabeth spent most of her childhood in upstate New York. After graduating from high school in 2001, she decided to venture across the country to attend Arizona State University. In 2005, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Before opening her own tutoring business, Elizabeth worked at a multi-age, child-centered school, which had project-based learning through the arts. She was named “Teacher of the Year” as a result of her commitment to her school community. Many Artplay families have expressed interest in having a fun tutor for their child, rather than using a large tutoring company or putting their child in summer school. So, we now offer academic tutoring sessions that will engage your child in the arts, while they learn.
Dr. Carla Briante (Naturopath)
Carla is a licensed naturopathic primary care physician. Her general medical practice focuses on pediatric health, as well as women’s health. She specializes in botanical medicine and acupuncture/acupressure. Her approach to care uses gentle, non-invasive therapies including diet and nutritional counseling, plus medical grade supplements.
Dr. Briante graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and holds a Master of Science with over 7 years of experience in health policy research and consulting. Her decision to purse naturopathic medicine was influenced by her professional experiences in health care and her personal experiences with naturopathic medicine. Her lifestyle interests are in yoga, nutrition and natural approaches to health.
Shawn Happe and Nancy Salinas (Treatment of challenging behaviors)
MA, MS, BCBA, LBA
Shawn received a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His behavior analytic practice has included working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Shawn’s goals are to develop treatment, modify plans, and achieve desired outcomes for all clients.
Nancy works with children with developmental disabilities, as well as typically developing children with academic skill deficits. She completed her Master’s degree in experimental psychology with an ABA concentration at the University of Texas Pan American, plus she is currently a PhD candidate in special education at Texas Tech University.
Shawn and Nancy are the founders of Harmony Behavioral Health.
Terri Milligan (Runs Artplay Cooking Classes)
Culinary Instructor and Food Writer
Chef Milligan is a recognized chef, culinary instructor and food writer. After owning a restaurant for many years in Door County, Wisconsin, Chef Terri relocated to the Phoenix area. In addition to teaching cooking classes at a variety of locations (Sweet Basil and the Desert Botanical Gardens), Chef Terri continues her work as a food writer. She is a featured writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has a quarterly column in the food magazine Edible Door.
Her work as a chef has been highlighted in a variety of print publications including Good Housekeeping, Midwest Living, the Chicago Tribune, the Louisville Dispatch, Wisconsin Trails, and Bon Appetit. On television, Chef Terri has been featured on the Food Network and Good Day Chicago.
Chef Terri really enjoys working with young children, helping them learn about food and showing them how easy it is to create delicious and nutritious food.
Abby Lewis (Runs Artplay Parent Coaching Groups / Artplay Helper)
Certified Life Coach with a Psychology Degree
Abby became a parent coach because she understands the importance of clear communication within relationships and families. In following her passion, Abby received her Psychology Degree and Certification in Emotional Intelligence and Non-Violent communication. Her main focus is to educate parents on Emotional Intelligence to help increase trust, respect and intimacy in their relationships with their children.
Raised in Arizona, Abby graduated with her Degree from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She is a certified Life Coach and that has allowed her to work with many families over the years. Abby spends time supporting Artplay with marketing, accounting, retail and customer pampering.