Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, is an associate professor in the Expressive Therapies Department at Lesley University. He served as division director from 2006 to 2013. He has been the president and executive co-chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) since 2010. He has been a licensed mental health counsellor, since 1994, and is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). He is the associate editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health and co-chair of the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University. His clinical work combines expressive arts therapies with body-centred approaches with a variety of populations addressing issues such as chronic pain, recovery from trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationships. In addition he has worked extensively with autistic children and adults.