You received a BA in commerce and an MBA and have been working in the finance industry. How did you come to pursue that career and why -- now -- are you changing your career path?
I started a job with Citibank, India equipped with an MBA degree from one of the top business schools in India. (I come from a humble home and one of the key drivers in determining the pathway for academics and job was to be financially independent.) I spent nearly a decade at Citibank as a part of the Learning & Development team where I worked with large sales teams and senior leaders, facilitating cultural changes and training for improved business outcomes. In that position, I learned how consumer and employee behavior could be changed with targeted interventions.
I was drawn towards business coaching after that experience, which I found useful because it helped you to engage individuals at a deeper level. After nearly a decade, I left Citibank to move to Hong Kong with my family where my “self-employed” phase began. I trained as a business coach and started consulting with clients. As their sounding board and cheerleader, I was able to help them work on their deep-seated insecurities and refine their sense of purpose to bring out the best in their lives.
I believed that combining therapy with art could increase the depth and breadth of my practice and make me a better champion for others."
What brought you to the NYU ART Therapy Program?
I had been searching for educational programs that incorporated both art and therapy, and was delighted to learn about NYU’s Art Therapy program. When I attended the information session, I knew it was the right one for me. (It's the only program I applied for this year!)
I am aware of challenges in the community around me. As an art therapist, I hope to impact lives and bring balance to families and neighborhoods. I am excited to use art therapy to address the rising stresses in the lives of different populations, especially youth. I am curious to see if digital art can be a way to draw in the creativity of today’s digitally-active generation, while imparting the same healing benefits of other art therapy mediums. I want to be the best art therapist that I can be.
Spica Wobbe (MA '03), an educational theatre alumna and puppetry artist, offers a workshop that is fun, therapeutic, and good for the environment.
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