Linda Brant holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Visual Art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (now Lesley University College of Art and Design). Dr. Brant specializes in the use of visual art interventions in psychotherapy. Drawings, paintings, collage, sculpture, photography and other forms of visual communication offer valuable opportunities for clients to gain insight and explore patterns and dynamics in their life stories. Dr. Brant's approach integrates the theoretical tenets of Jungian, Object Relations, Narrative, and Existential theories. She is interested in how people construct and reconstruct the narratives that influence their lives. Dr. Brant's research interests include the psychology of aesthetics and creativity, human-animal studies, attachment processes, and narrative identity. She has taught courses in Psychology at Winthrop University, the University of Central Florida, Eckerd College (PEL Program) and Ringling College of Art and Design. Dr. Brant completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, TX, and her post-doctoral hours at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando FL. She has worked as a psychologist at the Healing Tree in Orlando, FL, treating survivors of sexual assault; the Developmental Center for Infants and Children in Orlando, FL, conducting evaluations of children with suspected developmental disabilities; and Comprehensive MedPsych Systems, a private practice in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Brant currently works as a psychologist at Central Florida Psychological Consultants in Clermont, FL. She is actively pursuing various art projects, many of which center on animal welfare. Her photo essay, The Unmourned, was selected for inclusion in Margo DeMello's text, Mourning Animals (2016). Brant's creative work has also been published in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (Summer 2017). She has received two creativity grants from the Culture & Animals Foundation and is currently partnering with Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York to build a monument dedicated To Animals We Do Not Mourn, to be installed in 2018. In her free time Dr. Brant enjoys spending time with her dogs, 'Casper,' a pit bull rescue, and 'Lola,' his sweet and scruffy sidekick.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Integrative Mental Health Creativity Studies Arts and healing Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Art Therapy Existential psychology Jungian psychology Transformative Social Change Animal Rights Social Change and the Arts
- Education History
Degree Institution Year PhD, Clinical Psychology Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 1998 MFA, Visual Art Art Institute of Boston at Lesley Univ., Cambridge, MA 2014 MS, Clinical Psychology University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 1991 BA, Counseling and Art Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL 1988
Clinical Psychologist, Florida
- Curriculum Vitae