Megan Fradley-Smith (she/her) was born and raised in the balmy breezes of South Florida, always with a pencil in hand and a drawing in the works. She received a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, with a minor in general education, from the University of Florida in 2006. She obtained a Master's of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University in 2009, and is currently in the process of becoming board-certified.
Megan has worked in the clinical art therapy field for nearly a decade, within varied settings and populations. From behavioral health centers to in-patient residential facilities, Megan has served clients ranging in ages from 2-80 years old. Trained in trauma-focused play and art therapy, Megan deeply believes in the power of meeting clients where they are and assisting them on their journey of self-discovery. Her work is informed by Developmental and Cognitive-Behavioral theory, with an anchor in Humanistic psychology. Additionally, Megan is a lover of nature and wildlife, and enjoys bringing the outside in during the therapeutic process.
Megan focuses on work with clients struggling with Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Identity issues, and Mood Disorders. A mother herself, she passionately supports the needs of birthing and postpartum people.
Tonia Herrero (she/her) is the owner and supervising Art Therapist of East Bay Art Therapy. Tonia is a cisgendered woman with Spanish, Ashkenazi, Irish and Native American (Sac and Fox) ancestry. Tonia is a Board Certified Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (national credentialing board) and a Licensed Certified Art Therapist in the state of Oregon. She has seven years of clinical experience in the field of art therapy and specializes in pre-teens, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-harming behaviors. Her approach to art therapy is trauma-informed and draws influence from Relational Psychodynamic and Humanistic theories such as Person-Centered, Existential, and Gestalt. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which informs her approach. Tonia is a Health At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating informed therapist which informs her work with clients struggling with their relationship to food and body image.
Tonia obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts, an Art Teaching Credential from CSU East Bay, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Tonia has a long history of facilitating the powerful therapeutic relationship between art and young people. In her first career, she developed and directed an art academy at a public high school in Oakland where she was a full-time art teacher for ten years. Inspired by the healing power of the arts and the relationships she built with her students, Tonia decided to return to her hometown of Brooklyn, New York to pursue graduate studies in Art Therapy. During her graduate program, Tonia furthered her passion for adolescents as she completed various clinical internships providing individual and group art therapy to pre-teens and adolescents with complex trauma and other behavioral and mental health concerns in both residential and school settings.
Tonia has held various positions as an art therapist at facilities across the bay area such as; residential treatment facilities for teens and young adults in Marin County and the East Bay, transitional housing for adults with severe mental illness on the Peninsula, inpatient psychiatric hospitals in Oakland and Concord, and public high schools in Hayward and San Jose. Tonia founded East Bay Art Therapy in March of 2019.