Sade Barksdale LCAT, ATR-BC
Sade grew up in the Hudson Valley area of Upstate New York. She earned her Masters degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from The Pratt Institute and is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYS and Registered Board Certified Art Therapist Nationally.
Sade’s experience includes working in Adult Residential and Outpatient Substance abuse settings, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Adult Day Habilitation, and School Settings with Elementary and Middle school students in Brooklyn, NY and the Bronx, NY. She has worked with women, People of Color, as well as with individuals with substance abuse concerns, to name a few.
Sade works from a therapeutic style that is person-centered, culturally aware and holistic. She strives to create a safe and welcoming environment to allow people working with me to show up as themselves, utilizing verbal and non-verbal therapies such as creative art therapy, journaling, and breath work. Furthermore, Sade has conducted research on how art therapy can begin to address the cultural and racial wounds of ancestral trauma.
Sade identifies as Black Woman of African American descent. In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, reading, watching TV (Married at First Sight, All American, Insecure, and more recently Bridgerton) and spending time with family and friends. For self-care practice, Sade uses journaling, meditation, skin/hair routines, personal art making, napping and connecting with her support system.
As she prides herself on giving back to her community, Sade regularly donates food items and coats/hats/gloves/blankets to several charitable organizations. She assisted with a school closure in a Black and Brown community, where she provided art-based activities to students and staff around processing the closure. In 2017, she traveled to Tanzania to for two weeks to provide art-based community engagement to primary school students.