Lydia Mandell LPC, ATR-BC
Psychotherapist / Art Therapist
Licensed LENS Practitioner
Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist
Certified Breathwork Coach
Lydia is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is committed to the well-being and mental health of her clients. Lydia is also a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist and received her Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Therapy with a counseling concentration from Albertus Magnus College. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospital, substance use treatment facilities, and extended day treatment programs for children. She has taught undergraduate and graduate Art Therapy courses and provided clinical supervision for those seeking Counseling and Art Therapy licensure and credentials. Lydia has professional experience working with adults, older adults, teens/adolescents, and children with a variety of disorders and symptoms including: depression and anxiety disorders, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, work/life balance, trauma, grief/loss, emotion regulation, work/life balance, and chronic illness. She is invested in helping clients develop and maintain the mind/body/spirit connection to create and lead more integrated lives.
Lydia uses art therapy as a vehicle to assist clients in addressing their concerns, identifying their desires, and providing new perspectives. Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services practice that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy is used with clients across the lifespan.
In 2013, Lydia began her training in Conscious Connected Breathwork and received her certification in 2014 from the New York and Philadelphia Rebirthing Center. She completed her Conscious Connected Breathwork Teacher Training in 2016. Conscious Connected Breathwork is a safe, powerful, and gentle breathing technique that releases stress from the body and increases energy levels. By refocusing attention on the conscious breath and bypassing the rational, analytical mind, clients can uncover and release limiting thought patterns and old ideas that are stored in the body. Lydia utilizes the power of the breath in therapy sessions, individual breathwork sessions, with groups, and she has facilitated multiple workshops including: Connecting with Breath, Connecting with Community; My Body Rocks; Introduction to Conscious Connected Breathwork; and The Big Breathe. She continues to be an active part of the breathwork community by assisting in practitioner trainings, co-managing a breathwork community organization, and pursuing continuing education.
Lydia integrates a variety of tools to help clients close the disconnects between mind, body, and spirit and connect with their true selves as whole and complete human beings. She believes that everyone has the power to heal and believes that each individual has their own unique way of healing.
Lydia has been practicing Transcendental Meditation daily for over 10 years and engages in breathwork practice regularly. She is a lifelong learner and is always learning new ways to help people achieve their highest potential. Lydia spends time at the ocean any chance she gets and is deeply connected to nature. She loves integrating all her practices to create individualized healing plans for all her clients.