A bridge over the River Thames. Usher.
Joan Wesley Usher is a licensed counselor and clinical artist. She is also a graduate student at Columbia University in the program for Narrative Medicine.
Over the last decade Ms. Usher has integrated the expressive arts into her clinical practice, while also producing commissioned artwork for private and professional spaces. Related past projects include New York art exhibitions of solo and group works by artists living with disability and a series of murals for the acute care areas of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Her most recent clinical work explores the development of individual and collective narratives through story telling, symbolic language, and the use of Narrative Medicine principles in the group setting. She is also interested in the implications of digital technology on feminine self-narrative and wellness.
Before moving to New York, Ms. Usher spent fifteen years in educational and professional theatre, working as both an actor and independent producer. Her freelance projects centered around classic literature and were often collaborative ventures with professional, nonprofit, religious, or educational organizations.