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)
BFA, MAPC with a Specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy
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)
BA in Psychology, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
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)
MS in Art Therapy, BA in Studio 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.
Reut “Rey” Oren (Leads individual sessions)
BA in Arts, Drama Therapist
Reut has been a creative therapist, helping children express themselves through art-making, as well as the art of theater, for over 10 years. She feels children develop self confidence, self esteem and their own sense of creativity through the entertaining aspects of Fine Art and Theater Arts. Reut views the Arts as a strong tool which allows children to heal by telling their stories or difficulties in an open and expressive manner.
Reut was born and raised in Israel where she became a certified Drama Therapist. After finishing her compulsory army service, she received her BA in Theater Arts at the University of Haifa and began her journey of healing kids K-8th grades through creative therapy. At Artplay, Reut helps kids using art, music (she is a pianist), as well as drama, making her a well-rounded helper.
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.
Aleks Webster (Parent support)
Since the early 90s, Aleks’ focus has been on helping adults that have struggled with such issues as anxiety, phobias, addiction and trauma. She has found one of the most successful ways to help is by guiding her clients through a journey into confidence-building and courage. With compassion, Aleks listens intently and hears between the lines. She supports her clients in seeking wisdom for their personal lives.
Aleks has earned her Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, as well as getting her PhD. She has studied and trained in multiple techniques so she can integrate her love of art and science into her knowledge of the human’s capacity to thrive. Many Artplay parents have asked for referrals for their own personal help/growth, so we now have Aleks in office so parents can see her during the same hour that we see the child. Aleks is the founder of Integrated Presence.
Shawn Happe and Nancy Salinas (Assessment and 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.