Lucia Capacchione PhD, ATR, REAT

Best-selling author of 22 books, including: Recovery of Your Inner Child, The Creative Journal and The Power of Your Other Hand. A Registered Art Therapist and pioneer in Expressive Arts Therapies she conducts workshops and professional certification training in her innovative methods.

Dr. Capacchione originated:

  • •The Creative Journal: art and writing for all ages
  • • Nondominant hand drawing and writing for healing and creative breakthroughs
  • • Inner Child/Inner Family healing and recovery through expressive arts
  • • The Creative Journal Expressive Arts Method (CJEA)
  • • Visioning® Coaching: life design through collage and journaling
Dr. Capacchione methods are being used worldwide in education, therapy and life coaching. Her texts and workbooks are used in courses on art therapy, psychology, creative writing, and art. Her techniques are used in cancer support groups, schools (K-12), memory care centers, and programs for veterans. Dr. Capacchione’s books have been translated into 20 languages.

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The Power Other Hand.


Unlocking creativity and inner wisdom through the right side of your brain
New Edition from Conari Press (2019)

Hello, This is your body talking.


A Draw-It-Yourself Coloring Book,

The Creative Journal 35th anniversary edition

$28.95 paperback

The Power of Your Other Hand

$19.95 paperback

Lucia, Visioning


$17.99 paperback

Mountain View, CA
Friday August 16, 2019. 7:30 to 9 pm

Book signing and talk for The Power of Your Other Hand
East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Saturday August 17, 2019. 1 to 5 pm
Workshop: The Power of Your Other Hand
East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
Call 650-988-9800 to register. $65 in advance, $75 day of workshop

Menlo Park, CA
Sunday August 18, 2019. 11am to 2pm
Brunch with Lucia Talk Book signing: The Power of Your Other Hand
Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Sponsored by Kensington Place Memory Care Community of Redwood City
Registration for brunch required. Call 650-363-9200. Free of charge

San Antonio, TX
Thursday, September 5 from 6 to 9 pm
Workshop “The Power of Your Other Hand”
University of the Incarnate Word Student Engagement Center  Room #2030 4301 Broadway Street, San Antonio, Texas 78209
C/O Marsha Nelson, PhD Project Insight Executive Director
Donation of $35 per person to Project Insight- all supplies & refreshments included.
UIW Contact- Dr. Kevin Vichcales, Dean of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences  phone 210.829.2759   

Friday September 6, 2019. 6 to 9 pm
Workshop – The Power of Your Other Hand: Unlock Creativity & Inner Wisdom Through the Right Side of Your Brain
Braun Oaks Clubhouse, 10555 Tezel Road, San Antonio, TX 78254
Contact Marsha Nelson at or 956-802-9993 to register. $40 each, $75 for 2. Preregistration required. 3 CEUs for counselors/social workers.

Saturday September 7, 2019. 12 to 4:30 pm
Book signing and talk for The Power of Your Other Hand
Barnes & Noble 11711 Bandera Road, Bandera Pointe Shopping Center, San Antonio, TX 78250

McAllen, TX
Saturday September 14, 2019. 9 am to 12 pm
Workshop – The Power of Your Other Hand: Unlock Creativity & Inner Wisdom Through the Right Side of Your Brain
McAllen Public Library, 4001 N 23rd St, McAllen, TX 78504
Contact Marsha Nelson at or 956-802-9993 to register. $40 each, $75 for 2. Preregistration required. 3 CEUs for counselors/social workers.

Sunday September 15, 2019. 1 to 3 pm
Book signing and talk for The Power of Your Other Hand Barnes & Noble, Palms Crossing, 3300 W. Expressway 83, Suite 1100, McAllen, TX 78501

Santa Fe, NM
Friday September 20, 2019. 10 am to 5 pm The Gathering of the Creatives conference Pre-Conference Workshop – The Power of Your Other Hand* Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 Register here.

Saturday September 21, 2019.
The Gathering of the Creatives conference
Conference Workshop – The Creative Journal: Drawing & Writing Using Both Hands**
Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Register here.

*September 20 workshop – The Power of Your Other Hand

Give a voice to your creative self on a completely different level, unearthing buried talents and inspiration. Unlock creativity and inner wisdom for healing and living the life of your dreams by accessing your right brain through your nondominant hand.

Lucia Capacchione, author of the ground-breaking book, The Power of Your Other Hand, is your guide for exploring the language of spontaneous art from the Playful and Creative Child within. In a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere you will break through creative blocks by letting your left brain know what your right brain feels and wants. Connect the hemispheres through drawing, followed by written dialogs using both hands.

These simple methods can be applied to stress reduction, physical healing, Inner Child and trauma work, and finding spiritual guidance within. Be prepared for fun through coloring and writing with both hands.

For everyone—artists/non-artists, and writers/non-writers alike! Talent or training in art or writing not required. Art supplies are included. Please bring a notebook or journal.

**September 21 workshop – The Creative Journal: Drawing & Writing Using Both Hands

The Creative Journal Method, introduced by Lucia Capacchione in 1980, is a proven research-based approach to letting the real you out and channelling your private inner world into tangible form. Dr. Capacchione discusses the power of your right brain and nondominant hand along with research showing the creativity, health, and healing benefits of Creative Journaling, including work with trauma, grief, relationship issues, and creative blocks. She will also share success stories and how the method has been used in schools, medical centers, support groups, and courses in writing, art and creativity.

In a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere, she offers journal prompts for:
  • Scribbling your stress away
  • Drawing your feelings out
  • Liberating the child within
  • Confronting your Inner Bully
  • Embracing inner wisdom through journaling as a spiritual practice
  • Visioning© your most creative life


Dr. Capacchione conducts private sessions in person, by phone and Skype.Contact Lucia at (805) 546-1424 to make appointments or for information and rates.For Individuals & Families

  • Private sessions in therapy or coaching
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Inner Child / Inner Family Therapy
  • Voice Dialogue and Creative Journal Therapy
  • Creative Life & Career Coaching
  • Creativity & Takent Development
  • Visioning® Life and Career Coaching
  • For Groups & Organizations

Trainings, seminars and consulting for corporations, businesses, school systems, spiritual retreat centers, and community organizations.

  • Visioning® and creativity seminars
  • Management training and talent development workshops
  • Customized In-Service training
  • Customized Consulting

Dr. Capacchione is available to conduct in-service training programs and provide customized consulting in the following:

  • education
  • business
  • industry
  • mental health
  • wellness and body/mind work
  • enhanced creativity
  • recovery from abuse or trauma
  • relief from stress and burn-out
  • recovery from addictions and co-dependence
  • career direction
  • life and career transition
  • spiritual awareness

Dr. Capacchione’s previous clients include:

  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Drake Beam Morin Outplacement & Right Associates Outplacement
  • Los Angeles Unified Schools
  • Los Angeles County Schools
  • Mission School District, Mission, Texas
  • Garvey School District, California
  • Lawndale School District, Lawndale, California
  • PrarieView Mental Health, Kansas
  • Hanley/Hazelden Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center, Florida

Consulting Background

As a corporate consultant, Dr. Capacchione provided management and staff training for Walt Disney Imagineering (theme park design) for ten years. She has also led career transition seminars and counseling for such outplacement firms as Right Associates and Drake, Beam, Morin. Her book, The Talent Workbook is a program of talent-based career and life planning. She currently conducts career and life coaching for individuals via skype and phone.

Dr. Capacchione’s book, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams, is being used in corporations and small businesses as well as in coaching with individuals doing personal life and goal setting. Dr. Capacchione conducts Visioning® workshops for leaders whose task is creating mission statements and visions for organizations and teams.

In education, Dr. Capacchione has created model programs for such school districts as Los Angeles Unified, Lawndale and Garvey in California. Working with multi-cultural, multi-lingual communities, Dr. Capacchione applied her Creative Journal Method and Basic Skills through the Arts curriculum. In a pilot study in the Garvey District (near Los Angeles) under an ESEA Title IIB grant, reading and math scores were raised as high as twenty percentile points in one school year. This is a predominantly Hispanic and Asian population. Dr. Capacchione and her team of certified instructors implemented a two-year Creative Journal program for the Mission School District in southern Texas (grades K-12). Her team, under the direction of Dr. Marsha Nelson, has also conducted research in the Edinburg Schools, Edinburg, Texas in conjunction with the University of Texas PanAmerican.

Most recently, Creative Journal Expressive Arts Methods have been applied in cancer support groups in South Texas at the Mc Allen Public Library. These groups, organized by Dr. Marsha Nelson, have contributed to greater peace and well-being for cancer patients and their families as they learn to express their emotions and distress as they face surgery and/or treatment. This has brought Dr. Capacchione’s work full circle from her own discovery of art therapy while struggling with a life-threatening condition.

An inspiring speaker and workshop leader, Dr. Capacchione engages audiences with playful and interactive experiences. She has been acclaimed for her ability to spark innate creativity and develop highly effective teams in business, industry, education, medical and mental health systems. She has been a frequent guest on media and has been the subject of numerous magazine, newspaper and ezine articles and book reviews.

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R.
P.O. Box 1355
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 546-1424

Please visit for information about Lucia’s Method of Life and Career Planning as presented in her book Visioning.

Go to her blog for illustrated stories on applications of the Visioning® Method for all ages and for all stages of life:

For more info on education applications contact:

Marsha Nelson, Ph.D.
Field Work Supervisor,
Creative Journal Expressive Arts Training Program
Edinburg, Texas USA
(956) 383-6045


Since 1998, Dr. Lucia Capacchione and Dr. Marsha Nelson have conducted programs for professionals with a year-long work-study curriculum, Creative Journal Expressive Arts (CJEA) Training & Certification.

Instructor: Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.
Field Supervisor: Marsha Nelson, Ph.D.

A program for certification to teach and coach others using Dr. Capacchione’s CREATIVE JOURNAL EXPRESSIVE ARTS METHOD. Completion enables professionals to apply and integrate Dr. Capacchione’s methods in their on-going work or to create an adjunct practice in coaching, teaching and group leadership in the Method.

The Level One training is a work/study program to be completed in one year. Level Two intensives are offered in advanced theory and techniques for certified instructors who have graduated from Level One. Visioning® Coaching Training is a post-graduate program offered annually to Certified CJEA Practitioners. For more information about Visioning® Coaching, please visit: and

Continuing Education Units are available for all of these training programs.

Field supervision includes reading assignments, marketing and project coaching with Dr. Nelson, and personal mentoring with a CJEA certified instructor

Program Curriculum

2 week-long training intensives (1 week at start and 1 at end of program)
45 hours of assisting at Dr. Capacchione’s public workshops
Ongoing personal growth work using Creative Journal Expressive Arts process
Field work supervised by Dr. Marsha Nelson
Supervision of trainee’s field work
Monthly group phone conferences conducted by Dr. Capacchione
Case study/documentation of field work

Areas of study during the intensives include:

Creative Journal methodology and techniques
Applications of the method in education and all areas of health care
Expressive Arts as medicine, Body/Mind work
Inner Child/Inner Family work originated by Dr. Capacchione
Multi-media exploration in movement, sound, music, drama, Voice Dialogue, visual art, sculpture, poetry, collage and more
Integration of Expressive Arts Therapy with other modalities
Meditation and spiritual practice techniques
Business and marketing for professionals

Areas of Application

Private therapy and counseling, especially for survivors of abuse
Public school systems (kindergarten through college)
Training and in-service programs for health care professionals
Stress management seminars
Programs for senior citizens
Classes in art, writing and creativity and graduate school courses
Spiritual retreat centers and conferences for spiritual directors
Hospitals, recovery clinics and mental health facilities
Support groups for persons with life threatening illnesses
Prisons and rehabilitation centers
Job outplacement and career counseling centers
Corporations and other institutions
Dr. Capacchione’s work is being used in many countries. Her books have been translated into 20 languages, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Farsi, Turkish and Hebrew.

Requirements for Admission

Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent in life and work experience). Exceptions made on an individual basis. Professional experience as a therapist, nurse, physician, health care practitioner, body worker, career counselor, spiritual director, addictions or recovery counselor, arts educator, teacher, corporate/organizational trainer or other helping professional. Commitment to one’s own personal growth using Creative Journal Expressive Arts Methods. Dedication to sharing this method with others on a professional basis in one-on-one or group work.

Fee Schedule for C.J.E.A. Training (US funds)

Tuition fees only listed below.
(Room, board and transportation not included in fee)
Fees paid in installments
Non-refundable registration/administrative fee: $220 USD
Two week long Intensives (includes art materials) Location: Templeton, CA USA
Introductory Intensive at beginning of training: $1600
Final Intensive at end of year: $1300

Guided Assisting

Assist at workshops conducted by Dr. Capachchione, Dr. Nelson or other master teacher (4 days): $440
Field work Supervision: $1,435 (paid in quarterly installments)
Consists of assignments under the direction of Dr. Marsha Nelson, field supervisor. These include reading, reports, planning and marketing workshops, and other applications of CJEA methods. Towards the end of the trainee’s year a certified supervisor observes a workshop in progress. A case study and timeline of the trainee’s accomplishments during the year are also required.
PAYMENT – Each module of program is paid for at time it is taken.
Field work supervision fees are paid in quarterly installments.
For more information about training contact:
Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D. Director
CJEA Training Program
(805) 546-1424
California USA
Marsha Nelson, Ph.D. Supervisor
CJEA Training Program
(956) 802-9993
Texas USA
Annual Intensive October 27 – November 3, 2018
Dancing Deer Farm, Templeton, CA