Mary Putera is a licensed mental health counselor, expressive arts therapist, and community arts facilitator with over 25 years of experience in the fields of mental health, trauma recovery, and community development. Mary's work emphasizes cross-culture awareness, peace building, and arts-based opportunities to relieve and transform the experiences of traumatic events for individuals and communities.
Mary's work in Nepal began in 2014, when she accepted an invitation to share in an expressive arts project supporting trafficking survivors in Nepal. There she met Sadhana Thapa, an MSW professor in Nepal, and felt a deep connection. They both share the hope of bringing arts-based healing work to Nepali communities as a way to foster healing and peace.
Sadhana is receiving her Master's Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Together, she and Mary are growing cross-cultural understanding, ethics and praxis of Expressive Arts therapy and Community Art practice in Nepal. Over the past five years, Sadhana has worked to complete her courses at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee Switzerland and is now engaged in her master's thesis research. Mary and Sadhana are raising funds to cover Sadhana's third and final semester where she will present her thesis work, complete her exams and receive her Master's Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Mary and Sadhana are excited to be part of the team at the Blue Butterfly Foundation and to work for its mission to help heal and empower those who need it most.