Nora Swan-Foster


While growing up my involvement in the arts provided pivotal support and guidance into young adulthood. Before I understood anything about therapy or psychoanalysis, I encountered the transformative processes through my engagement with the creative process. Such nonverbal experiences as improvisational dance and process painting revealed how the creative instinct, play, and imagination can shift levels of awareness and states of consciousness. These continued explorations with the creative realm and multimodal expressions continue to inform my understanding of psychological work.

In 1983, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in English Literature with a focus in Creative Writing. In the attempts to integrate my experiences with the creative processes, I discovered Expressive Therapy, which is a clinical field that draws on the interactive and integrated nature of the arts for healing and multimodal approaches. In 1986, I earned a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, with an Art Therapy focus, from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I draw on nearly 30 years of clinical experience with people of all ages.

Interested in expanding and deepening my work as a counselor and psychotherapist, I entered and completed my analytic training with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA). Along with working as a Jungian Psychoanalyst, I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado #2612.  In addition, I have completed the hours and passed the national exam for the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Registration and Certification (ATR-BC). My analytic training and supervision hours fulfilled the certification requirements as a psychoanalyst (NCPsyA) under the National Association of the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). I have also had other introductory trainings in EMDR resourcing, NLP, Focusing, Psychodrama and Somatic Processing, and I have completed Level Two of Brainspotting.

I have had extensive clinical supervision and colloquium hours with Don Kalsched with his approach to working with trauma, Joe McNair on his thoughts on alchemy as the primary imagination for looking at clinical material, Gus Cwik on his associative dreaming process, Mark Winborn with deep listening and styles of interpretation, and Paula McKinnon on working with dreams social systems thinking.  

Since 1994, my clinical practice has been in Boulder, Colorado serving the Boulder/Denver/Ft Collins area. Prior to that time, I worked in various mental health settings, including early intervention nurseries, therapeutic school, residential and outpatient with children, adolescents and adults, and a hospital environment with a range of medical conditions and people of all ages.  For eight years, I was a faculty member at Naropa University where I participated in curriculum development and admissions, and taught graduate art psychotherapy course work, including professional seminar and ethics, adult development, and group dynamics and skills.  During this time I conducted independent art therapy research (HRB accepted), which led to academic publications. I specialize in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Childbearing Issues
  • Creative and Spiritual Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Individuation and Mid-Life Transitions
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Supervision and Consultancy

1137 Pearl Street, Suite 205, Boulder, CO 80302