Krystal Elizabeth Garcia Deras, M.A., R-DMT

Mental Health Clinician

Krystal is a bilingual/bicultural queer first-generation daughter of immigrants native to Honduras and Nicaragua, and a student of opening her heart wider to herself, life, and all their relations in spirit and in flesh.

They are the first college graduate of their Garcia family, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 2013 and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Specializing in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University in 2020. While studying at Lesley University, she was the recipient of the 2019 Selase Williams Unity Gala Foundations Award, presented to a student who through various efforts has demonstrated the importance of relationship building and self-work as foundational to having an inclusive community, and has been able to foster relationships across groups of privilege, marginalized identities, and aspiring allies. She is committed to dismantling the dynamics of oppression in the inner and outer landscapes and devoted to labors of love that co-create spaces for healing arts, personal and collective well-being, and the evolution of consciousness.

They are a student of expanding decolonizing embodied critical pedagogy and liberation and sovereignty practices within the fields of Dance/Movement Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. She is part of a research collective archiving the historical and present-day contributions of BIPOC dance/movement therapists in the U.S., China, and India. She finds fulfilment in ritual/ceremonial arts, quality time spent with loved ones, remembering ancestral technologies, dreaming, journaling, and multimodal storytelling.

Availability 

  • Monday: 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday:¬† 1pm-4pm
  • Wednesday:¬† 10am-4pm
  • Thursday: 10am-1pm