The Power Of Art To Shape the Mind, As Well As To Be Shaped By It

“Sunflowers of Provence” by Kathline Colvin

Healthy Artists was founded by Dr. Kathline Colvin with the purpose of promoting and nurturing the highest quality of care for all creative and performing artists.

Dr. Colvin is realizing her vision in developing a framework of integrated mind-body wellness and artistic practices, which can then serve as catalysts for successful creative productivity. Healthy Artists is based on the philosophy evolved from the field of Performing Arts Medicine dedicated to the wellness, health care, proper training and safety of the artist. Dr. Colvin continues to involve a strong support network of highly specialized practitioners and educators to continue the dialogue, and connect with the creative and performing arts communities, in order to design and deliver services and programs to enhance understanding of the special needs of artists involved in the creative effort.

Healthy Artists will continue to evolve as an organization comprised of caring, specialized experts who can partner with artists, schools, and arts organizations, to offer high quality, cost effective services and programs for artists and those who support the creative process. In an endeavor to offer exceptional and individualized services to artists as they address the many demands facing them in their daily lives, Healthy Artists provides extensive opportunities for artists to consider the challenges facing them as they strive to excel in their art.

We invite you to explore our services and contact us to inquire about our work and how we might assist you.

Healthy Artists Workshops

Creativity and Madness
Featuring “Beverly Sills: Music as the Medicine that Heals” by Dr. Kathline Colvin

For centuries stories have been told how famous artists attempt to resolve their inner conflicts into their own unique creative expressions. Dr. Colvin’s workshops illustrate how art is an activity of the inner self where the artist refashions those raw materials into meaningful artistic products. This process can lead, more often than not, to that triumph of the human endeavor we know as creativity. Through participation in these workshops you can achieve a greater understanding of the creative personality, including the adaptive and maladaptive responses that accompany a search for meaning, and recognize and utilize the multiple supports that can enhance your endeavors as a creative artist.

Joining others with common interests and concerns is often the most constructive and supportive way to work.  Support groups, workshops, and master classes are offered in Psychology and the Creative Arts. These workshops typically encompass personal, artistic, business, healing and interpersonal relationship issues.

Please view the workshops to see all upcoming events.

Heathly Artists Network

The Healthy Artists Network is a forum for artists in support of one another, striving for wellness in their lives and work. Our Healthy Artists Network connects highly specialized practitioners, educators, arts’ administrators and venues to artists and their communities. Please contact us for more information and to join the Healthy Artists Network Email list.

Healthy Artists Services

Counseling and Coaching

Individual Counseling and Coaching sessions provide an opportunity for artists to consider a broad range of concerns in order to facilitate optimal personal, artistic, health & wellness, and emotional growth.

Presentations and Lecture Series

In addition to the Lectures and Workshops Dr. Colvin offers monthly, in person, and via Telehealth platforms, she travels nationally and internationally to teach at universities, performing arts venues, museums and galleries, and summer arts festivals teaching on a variety of topics addressing artistic wellness practices.

About Dr. Kathline Colvin

Photo by Katie Johnson

As the Founder and Director of Healthy Artists – Pacifica Psychological Services, Dr. Kathline Colvin offers specialized services for creative and performing artists, integrating the psychological principles of mind-body wellness with artistic practices, to promote and nurture the highest quality of care. Dr. Colvin has enjoyed a lifelong experience of being a musician, and as a clinical psychologist she continues to develop a confluence of these ideas to apply to successful artmaking, while considering art itself as the medicine that heals.

In addition to Healthy Artists activities, Dr. Colvin lectures for various artists’ educational programs, museums and galleries’ series, and for performing arts organizations. She is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for the Creativity and Madness and Women of Resilience conferences in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Colvin has also offered presentations for the Performing Arts Medicine Association,  the Dance Resource Center and the Spotlight Academy at The Music Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Colvin has authored articles on health and wellness, creativity, and interdisciplinary studies in psychology and the arts. She recently contributed a chapter for Volume 3 of Creativity and Madness: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists, edited by Barry M. Panter, MD, PhD., titled Beverly Sills: Music As The Medicine That Heals. Dr. Colvin is presently writing a book, exploring the confluence of psychological principles and artmaking ideas, scheduled for publication next year.

The Healthy Artists Workshop Series includes specifically designed workshops to support the well-being and artistic endeavors of creative and performing artists. These workshops are offered in person and over online platforms. Some topics offered include: Art Can Heal Your Life, Transformative Effects of Wellness Therapies, The Personal Magic of Self-Esteem, What About Stress, and The Calming Clinic: Successful Performances and Auditions in Spite of the Nerves. 

Prior to her work as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Colvin was trained in Music and Theater Arts in New York City and Los Angeles. 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. 

Following her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Colvin completed 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 later returned to Southern California to establish her private practice.  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. Her research in moods and the creative process has made a unique contribution to understanding the development of the creative personality. 

Great Art Connects Us To Truth

“Aspen Shadows” by Tim Kenney
“Aspen Shadow” by Tim Kenney

A great work of art encourages us to feel some connection with a truth. One that is very personal to the artist, and it’s that dimension that evokes connection and meaning for the audience because the soul of the artist has been expressed. Great art gives something very rich, and it allows us to experience times, places, emotions that we might not otherwise encounter. It invites us to consider a subject until it’s qualities teach us something, enrich us, inspire us. Great art can grab our attention and suspend us in a trancelike state of union with the subject until we see who we are more clearly as human beings. By being completely absorbed by the piece of art one becomes different than before, less limited to a previously more narrow self, more equipped to live a richer life and avoid getting swallowed by the world’s chaos. The world is made by more than material things – it is shaped by the meaning of things, and the essence of their spirit that touches others and heals. Have you ever been transfixed by a painting, a symphony, a choreographic sequence, or a soliloquy until it told you a truth about yourself?