I work with individuals of all ages and practice both verbal and art therapy. I believe artmaking is a language that belongs to all of us regardless of our experience. The artmaking process can offer new perspectives by allowing us to tap into ourselves, in places where words might fail to reach. Art therapy can help reduce anxiety, contain and process thoughts and feelings, and illuminate areas of our life that need to be explored.
I believe life is a continuous process of change that sometimes happens subtly and sometimes with a bang. Navigating these changes can be challenging or even overwhelming. It can also be an opportunity to get to know ourselves at a deeper level, take stock of what systems and culture have imposed on us, examine what supports us and what no longer serves us, and engage with life on our own terms. My approach to therapy draws inspiration from my appreciation of diversity of experience and of expression. I believe all people have potential for growth and healing and that therapy can offer a brave and safe space to connect to our strengths, explore meaning and move towards living authentically. I seek to (re)connect people to the inner wisdom of their bodies. Recognizing all life is interconnected, I strive for a
collaborative approach with my clients, in a way that is trauma-informed at the individual, community and societal level.
I am working towards a MA in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lewis &Clark College (Graduating June 2024). My clinical training focused on culturally sensitive, person-centered and trauma informed approaches to art therapy/mental health that covered human lifespan development and growth. It also included ethics, diagnosis and assessment, career counseling, and research. My internship/practicum experience provided me with the opportunity to engage with people at the community level, as well as in an adult psychiatric inpatient hospital unit. I also hold a Masters of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a minor in
International Development (2009).