John Hastings

John comes to the Saco River Center from a varied career background. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Art History, John earned an MFA in theatrical lighting from New York University. A career lighting dance, theatre, and Broadway followed. Changing professions, he was accepted into the New York Teaching Fellows program, earned a MEd and taught fourth grade for twenty years, both in the New York City public system and at New Canaan Country School. Building on his gift to connect with students, John is currently pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Iona University, with expected graduation in May 2024.

In addition, John is an experienced improv teacher who believes the skills developed learning to improvise can be powerful tools to help children, adolescents and adults overcome feelings of anxiety and depression. These techniques, when used within a cognitive behavioral therapy framework, can empower those he works with to gain understanding of their emotions.

John also teaches social emotional learning workshops to students, teachers, and parents in New York City and throughout the metro area.

About Sasco River Center

A multidisciplinary practice offering a range of diagnostic and therapy services for children, adolescents, young adults, and families; specializing in Collaborative & Comprehensive Testing, Psychotherapy & Sensory Processing.

We are a merger of Sensory Kids & The Southfield Center for Development