Bios

Liz Tomko

Owner of Artplay, Master's Degree in Counseling with a Specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy, B.A. in Fine Arts

Liz saw that there was a gap in expressive art services for kids in Phoenix, Arizona. So, 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 while growing up in the outback of Australia. Her 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 wise 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. Then, Liz asserted her independence and founded Artplay. She continually grows Artplay in order to help as many kids in the community as possible.

Becky Goudy

Master's Degree in Professional Counseling, B.A. in Psychology

Becky Goudy has been empowering the lives of her clients for 20 years. Becky enjoys advocating for the needs of her kids, especially with schools and teachers. She believes in helping kids with self-regulation and stability, always encouraging genuineness. At Artplay, Becky is incorporating her love for art with her exceptional therapeutic knowledge. She connects with parents easily, making sure that they know what they can be doing to support the emotional development of their child.

Becky spent her childhood in Australia and California, before moving to Arizona in order to raise her family. She completed her 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 children that attend Artplay.

Blake Beams

Master’s Degree in Counseling, B.S. in Psychology

Blake Beams is a confidently trained, calm helper, who enjoys focusing on lowering anxiety in kids. She encourages children to explore their own emotions by providing a safe space for self-expression during sessions. Blake uses sensory play and large movement to help kids find their own sense of stability and regulation. Her room at Artplay also has a garden area for outdoor play, as well as an indoor space for art and movement.

Blake has training in trauma, grief/loss and autism, which makes her well-rounded in the main areas that cause anxiety. This means she is able to help all kids. She worked in a school, a hospital and an agency setting before starting at Artplay, where she can put all her valuable experience to use. Blake has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling from ASU.

Karla Velazquez

Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, B.S in Family Studies and Human Development

Karla has a passion for helping children that struggle with anxiety. She has experience in grief and loss, plus trauma and adoption. She believes in providing children with a safe and supportive space to gain the confidence they need to be successful in all areas of their lives. Karla has worked with children and in a variety of settings and through her past work, she has learned how to advocate for the needs of a child and their families.

Karla is an Arizona native and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. She then obtained her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. She is eager to continue helping children at Artplay and use her experience to help children feel empowered so they can manage their emotions with ease.

Ozzie

Resident Therapy Lizard

This guy provides kids with excitement, even though he is always chill. Clients love his serious nature, and he helps kids learn about healthy eating (as they feed him a nutritious diet), as well as the importance of having a safe home.

Meatball

Resident Therapy Critter

This rodent knows how to relax, and has become a friend to so many kids... always kind, never mean. He teaches kids about self-care by being surprisingly clean, regulation power-naps, and eating healthy foods, such as his favorite - green salad!