Antonia Valdez MFT specialized in expressive art therapy at John F. Kennedy University, experimental psychology at University of California, San Diego, and clinical psychology at Harvard University. As a clinician, Antonia facilitated creative writing, art, and wellness counseling groups. She utilized skills in play therapy for children and adult clients. As an advocate for music therapy, she provided social activities for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, witnessing them come to life through musical interaction. Antonia enjoys writing music, singing, and painting.
Antonia didn’t have a publisher, nor an illustrator for Land of Lost Socks, so she learned how to draw and paint. The original story was formed in cultural diversity class as a journal entry. During COVID-19, Antonia blogged as a form of creative expression; her articles were published in Mensa Bulletin magazine and Mensa newsletters. She is CAO at Mensa in Fort Worth, Texas.