Marika Horacek, MA, ATR-BC is a therapist with Caron’s Breakthrough Program. She received her Master of Arts degree with distinction in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. Prior to coming to Caron, Marika worked in a variety of adult settings providing therapeutic services to individuals in private hospitals and state facilities, in addition to Long Term Structured Residences. Allowing individuals to connect with themselves and others while developing a deeper understanding of the self has always been paramount for Marika. Marika has fulfilled these goals by developing programming that links individuals residing in the community with peers at state facilities, implementing educational programming for the community focused on the benefits of utilizing Art Therapy, and facilitating a support group at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance. She believes in the power of the creative arts to reflect, contain, and provide ways to understand the complexities and often contradictory elements of our lives. Marika finds meaning in being able to create a space and invite participants in the Breakthrough Program to utilize the creative arts to inspire, influence, and heal.