Kathline Colvin © Katie Johnson

As the Founder and Director of Healthy Artists – Pacifica Psychological Services, Dr. Kathline Colvin maintains a private clinical psychology practice serving adults and adolescents.  She offers individual psychotherapy, counseling and coaching services, and consultation. Healthy Artists offers a framework for integrating mind-body wellness and artistic practices, and Dr. Colvin offers specialized and individualized services for creative and performing artists, with the purpose of promoting and nurturing the highest quality of care for all artists. Dr. Colvin practices in Palm Desert, CA and consults nationally via Telemedicine platforms.

The Healthy Artists Workshop Series includes specifically designed workshops to support the well being of creative and performing artists. These forums can include: Art Can Heal Your Life, The Psychology of Creativity, Moods and the Creative Process, Portrait of the Artist, Transformative Effects of Wellness Therapies, and The Calming Clinic: Successful Performances & Auditions in Spite of the Nerves. In addition, Dr. Colvin regularly offers workshops and presentations on Health and Wellness including such topics as The Personal Magic of Self-Esteem and What About Stress – Awareness and Coping.  In addition to her local and online workshops, Dr. Colvin also travels nationally and internationally to share her ideas on promoting artistic and wellness practices.

Recent workshops have included multiple presentations for the Creativity & Madness Conferences: Psychological Studies of Art & Artists, in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). Workshops for other arts’ organizations include the Dance Resource Center, and the Spotlight Academy at the Los Angeles Music Center.

Recent Healthy Artists’ presentations are highlighted with Beverly Sills: A Lifetime of Resilience with Music as the Medicine that Heals”;  and Healthy Artists and Mood Disorders: Slaying the Dragons without Killing the Angels – Art Can Heal Your Life”.

As a speaker, Dr. Colvin offers her unique insights into the world of creative and performing arts for a variety of conferences on the arts, educational settings, museums and galleries, and performing arts organizations.

Prior to her work as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Colvin trained as a musician in New York City and Los Angeles, where she studied Voice with Marlena Malas and Gloria Steppe, and Piano with Carol Rosenberger and Johana Harris. During her professional career as a musician, she performed as a singer and pianist in classical and popular music venues, in Musical Theater productions, and worked as a stage director and stage manager in regional opera houses. Dr. Colvin has authored articles, interviews and reviews of music, dance and theater arts productions for national and international publications, and was the Editor for “Psychoanalysis and Music”, sponsored by The City University of New York. Additionally, she writes a weekly blog for Healthy Artists.

Following her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Colvin was honored with fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine and at Cornell University Medical College. After her training, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist in New York City and returned to Southern California in 1998 to establish her private practice in Newport Beach, CA.  Dr. Colvin has worked as a clinical and research psychologist and taught psychology at New York Hospital – Cornell University Medical College, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, and at Saddleback College. She was the Consulting Psychologist on the founding faculty for the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Colvin teaches as a guest lecturer and offers presentations and workshops in Psychology and the Arts at various performing arts organizations, universities, and summer art festivals. Her research in moods and the creative process has made a unique contribution to understanding the development of the creative personality. Dr. Colvin has been honored for 10 consecutive years by the United States Commerce Association and recognized in the Business Hall of Fame “Best of Local Business” – Best of Newport Beach in the Psychologists & Psychotherapists Category for her exceptional service to the community.