It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Natalie Rogers, our dear friend, colleague, and founder of Person-Centered Expressive Arts, who passed away on October 17, 2015. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family. We send our deepest sympathies to Frances, Naomi, Janet, and Natalie’s other family for their loss. Natalie will always be in our hearts.
Natalie lived her life with strength, courage, conviction, congruence, integrity, dignity, and loving kindness. She cared deeply about these enduring themes in her life: close connections with family, colleagues, and friends, self-empowerment, the person-centered philosophy, person-centered expressive arts therapy, and championing peace and social justice.
Natalie was born October 9, 1928, in Rochester, NY, to Helen E. and Carl R. Rogers. Natalie grew up in New York and Ohio. In 1970 she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she established her psychotherapy practice.
Natalie was an accomplished psychotherapist, artist, writer, and educator. She was the founder of the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute (PCETI), the creator of the Creative Connection®, a PCEAT transformational process, and co-founder of the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute (PCEAI).
Natalie’s teachings and PCEAT legacy will live on in all of us who continue doing her healing work around the world. Her two-year PCEAT training program will continue through the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute (PCEAI) under the direction of Sue Ann Herron.
Natalie is recognized as a pioneer in the field of expressive arts therapy. She authored three books and many articles. She lectured and facilitated workshops in Europe, Russia, Latin America, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East. Natalie had an adventurous life, traveling all over the world and staying true to wherever her spirit took her.