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Counseling, art therapy and empathy with Dr. Naiara Belart, Ph.D.

I am a certified professional counselor, a doctor in art therapy and a teacher. I offer therapy and training sessions in French, English, and Spanish. If you’re hoping to find a counselor that offers support, guidance, and the tools to navigate life’s challenges, I am here to help.


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02 / Counseling

I provide the support, guidance, and tools you need to discover your potential. My counseling sessions take a tailored approach to your care. I listen to your needs and goals and transform them into a nurturing path forward.

My counseling approach

I design my patient-centered counseling approach to accompany you on your own personal journey. It’s about offering tailored therapeutic experiences to fit your specific needs, looking for your unique gifts and empowering you to navigate life’s challenges.

The process

I am committed to leveraging the relational aspect of the therapeutic process to generate the best outcome for you. I create a nurturing and judgment-free environment where you can be your authentic self and gain the courage to realize your potential.    


We build a positive relational space by designing your personal development journey around your goals and interests. This process creates the possibility for transformation. You will push past your challenges to progressively acquire confidence and learn to trust your own resources.

Expressive arts therapy

03 / Expressive arts therapy

I offer therapy sessions for children, adolescents, and adults. No artistic talent is necessary for these sessions to be successful. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of expressive art therapy, and I am happy to adapt this inter-modal approach to meet each individual’s interests and strengths. I work with the following modalities in these sessions:

What is Expressive arts therapy (EXA)?

EXA uses creative modalities (e.g., music, visual arts, dance-movement, drama, and writing) to promote mental, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. No artistic talent is necessary for these sessions to be successful. The therapeutic process is not about esthetic value but the expressive aspect. It is about finding associations between your creative choices and your inner life.

The Process

EXA is an opportunity to communicate with yourself through a holistic approach, applying each of the artistic disciplines. This process gives you the freedom to be without judgment. You can express yourself in movement, color, clay, or ritual as needed. In this process, the creative self opens up and feels heard. This allows new feelings, thoughts, and insights to emerge and reveals anew state of consciousness through the creative process. 


Through EXA, we create a safe setting where you can open up and share your internal conflicts. Then, we share in the creative process without judging nor over-interpreting the work. This enables you to make your own discoveries along the way. I offer empathetic support as a companion on your journey. I know that each of my clients has the capacity to find their own answers, and I am here to help.

Digital arts therapy

04 / Digital arts

I offer digital arts interventions to enhance my EXA sessions. Through these sessions, I invite you to create your project with different forms of technology-based media. I can apply the following modalities for anyone interested in exploring the multimedia arts.

My digital art therapy approach

This newer version of art therapy, includes all forms of technology-based media, which can be used as a form of self-expression. It works particularly well for those “digital natives” for whom computers have always formed part of their life experience and can be picked up anytime and anywhere as a style of self-care.

The process

As of today, almost every aspect of our lives is shaped, mediated, and informed by the conspicuous – and often beneficial –nature of digital technology. An especially important implication of this twenty-first century shift is the use of these newly-available tools and techniques which can promote therapeutic outcomes, and offer new opportunities for communication, self-expression, and authentic connection.


My Ph.D. research journey has been eye-opening, to say the least. The process educated both my ASD clients and myself on a rich range of topics. These experiences did more than deepen my understanding as a therapist and a human being. They offered useful insights for therapists working with individuals on the autism spectrum and those otherwise touched by this condition.

Watch the video presentation to discover more about my Digital Arts Therapy research practice with autism.

Emotional intelligence training

05 / Emotional intelligence training

 I offer Emotional Intelligence training sessions facilitated through expressive arts. Integrating your ability to manage emotions plays an important role in your life success. These sessions are useful whether you’re looking for parenting resources, corporate training sessions, or support in a school setting. I give emotional intelligence sessions in the following learning contexts

What is Emotional Intelligence Training?

Emotional intelligence (EI), initially coined by Salovey and Mayer, is a type of social intelligence. It is the ability to monitor one's emotions, process those of others, and differentiate between them to achieve positive results. If humans only had cognitive capabilities, it would not be easy to make decisions about interacting with others. Emotional intelligence helps us establish connections within ourselves and in the outside world.

The Process

 I apply expressive arts therapy (EXA) techniques and creative tools to facilitate self-discovery, personal growth, and expression. Through these artistic modalities, I help you develop emotional intelligence by drawing links between your inner and outer worlds. This approach allows you to engage with the arts, expand your imagination, in a playful state. This creates opportunities to explore and develop new emotional intelligence (EI) resources through the creative and relational processes.


When individuals have emotional intelligence, they can deal with the frustrations and pressures of life, operate effectively within teams, empathize with others, and promote personal development.  “Social skills, a form of social competence, are behaviors that are acquired over time based on social rules, and which allow individuals to interact in suitable ways in various settings.” Maleki, et al. (2019).

The purpose of my practice is to develop a relational understanding in the following broad social and emotional aspects of learning

Learn about emotional regulation for autism spectrum disorders

About me

06 / About me

Dr. Naiara Belart, Ph.D. is a certified professional counselor, art therapist, and teacher. She earned her doctorate (Summa Cum Laude) in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, with a specialization in Therapy, Education, and Consulting. She completed her doctoral clinical practice at the Centre of Education and Cognitive Therapy in Geneva, specializing in the use of digital arts interventions to improve emotion recognition and communication skills in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Other qualifications that Naiara holds include a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology (with specialization in Coaching and Emotional Intelligence) from  EQBS, a master’s degree in Computer Graphics and 3D Animation from CEV Madrid, a postgraduate degree in Art Therapy from Barcelona’s Metáfora School, and a BA in Fine Arts from Complutense University of Madrid.

From 2016 to 2020, Naiara served as the director of Des Personnes et du Talent, an organisation based in Geneva that provides therapeutic and vocational programmes for individuals with ASD. Since September 2020, Naiara has served as a supervisor at Autisme Genève, where she offers group social skills supervision for children and adolescents with ASD. She is also teaching Digital Citizenship and Digital Arts at La Découverte school and has collaborated with The Swedish International School of Geneva.

Through Naiara’s professional work as a 3D artist, modeller, and animator, she formed the unique skill set that she brings to her clinical work in expressive arts therapy and novel treatments for ASD. Naiara has taught 3D computer graphics at Beijing’s University of Science and Technology, worked as a 3D artist consultant for businesses based in New York, and – in other industry positions – developed expertise with the digital toolkit that she now uses to improve the lives of patients.    

She has worked in Europe (Madrid, London, Malta, Zurich and Geneva), the United States (New York) and China (Beijing). She can offer you therapy and training sessions in French, English and / or Spanish.


07 / Contact me

Belart Therapy
Rue de Lausanne 72, 1202 Genève


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