president of HART
Mia (1977) is one of the founders and a current President of the Croatian Art therapy Association, HART. She has an MA in sculpture, art education (Academy of fine arts University of Zagreb, 2001), and art therapy (Art therapy program, Creative Arts Therapies postgraduation studies at the University of J.J.Strossmayer in Osijek, 2018). She is an artist, art educator, art therapist, and lecturer in the Art therapy Program.
In 2021 she acquired a certificate in trauma treatment in Instinctual Trauma Response (11.5 CE), certificates in Collective trauma healing in expressive art therapies (15 CE), THE Advanced Master Class in Treatment of Trauma, NICABM(12CE); She passed Peter Levine's Trauma Master Class (8.25CE), and Polyvagal theory in practice with Steven Porges (6 CE); she studied research and statistics, HarvardX, In 2020. as well as "Resilience in crisis" (University Ben Gurion, Israel), and Neurology 1,2 & 3 (HardvardEx online courses). '
She is the editor of the Creative therapies rubric in the Artos, the journal for science and culture of Osijek Academy of Art and Culture, And the editor-in-chief of the Croatian art therapy journal, Krugovi / Circles.
She works with the mentally ill, youth with behavioral disorders, Holocaust survivors, the elderly, youth with intellectual disabilities, children with autism, youth with eating disorders, and a wide population of not previously diagnosed persons.
Working with art therapeutic groups and individuals online through the HART organization, and FtF.
her therapeutic direction is integrative with a humanistic, client-oriented approach; trauma-informed in ITR, Somatic Experiencing, and Sensorimotor art therapy, with Polyvagal-informed practice and a deep understanding of mind and body balancing.
Her articles and research in the area of art therapy have been published in Artos, a journal for science and art, and Socijalne teme journal for social and related science. She has presented on art therapy at George Washington University, Art Therapy program, Washington, D.C., at the AATA Conference in Miami, KoHOM Conference in Šibenik, and CEPAMET congress on Depression in the century of mind, in Zagreb.