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Creative Inspirer

Tonya Meeks, MA, LMFT, is a multifaceted individual whose life intertwines the worlds of creativity, psychotherapy, and parenting. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tonya displayed a natural inclination towards creativity, indulging in music and play from a young age. Despite this, her journey was shaped by the influence of her free-spirited mother and the nomadic lifestyle they led, often accompanied by a soundtrack of Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again."

Professionally, Tonya is a licensed psychotherapist, navigating the dual roles of artist and caretaker for many years. Holding a Master of Arts in Depth Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from EPI in San Francisco, she seamlessly blends her expertise in mental health with her passion for creative expression. Her therapeutic approach is compassionate and holistic, drawing from extensive experience working with addiction, trauma, and dual diagnosis cases.

Music and theater have always been a significant part of Tonya's life, with memories of singing along to various tunes as a child. Her passion for music led her to dream of touring with an all-girl country band, a childhood aspiration that remained with her through the years.

In 2003, Tonya's pursuit of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree coincided with her journey to sobriety, marking a profound transformation in her life. Since then, she has been actively involved in creating multidisciplinary art through her original productions, which blend voice, dance, and acting. Notably, her show "Flying Standby" premiered Off Broadway in New York City, showcasing her talent and creativity to a wider audience. She has authored four original interdisciplinary productions, including "Open Eyes," "Flying Standby," "Flying Standby: the sequel," and "Sparrow Land."

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Tonya facilitates creativity retreats titled "Telling the Truth on Stage," both locally and in destination locations like Kauai. These retreats aim to inspire others to connect with their creative selves and explore their artistic potential.

Tonya has also contributed to several reputable psychological and dual diagnosis residential treatment facilities, including Safe Harbor, PCH, Summit Malibu, Balboa Horizons, Milestones, 180 Center, and Harmony Place. She has developed a unique workshop titled "Telling the Truth on Stage: Healing Trauma and Addiction through Performance," harnessing the power of creative expression as a therapeutic tool.

Central to Tonya's life is her commitment to her son Sparrow, whom she describes as revolutionary in shaping her intuitive artistic vision and her advocacy of Autism. She emphasizes the importance of "soulship parenting," which honors the child as a sacred soul, reflecting her deep spiritual and philosophical beliefs.

Overall, Tonya Meeks embodies the essence of a Creative Inspirer, weaving together her passions for art, psychotherapy, and advocate for Autism to inspire others and foster personal growth and healing. With her diverse skill set and unwavering dedication to holistic healing, she continues to make a profound impact in the realms of therapy, performance, and intervention, inspiring transformation and empowerment in those she serves.

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