As a graduate of Adler University’s dual degree program in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy, I am a professional counselor and art therapist.
I take a holistic, person-centered approach to counseling and art therapy. I work to help clients of all ages meet their therapeutic goals in a relaxed and welcoming environment, utilizing tools most comfortable for them. This may include dialogue, visual arts, music, movement, or journaling, as well as the incorporation of mindfulness, nature, and spirituality where helpful.
Art therapy is therapy with an expressive component. Sometimes clients wonder if art therapy is for them because they don’t consider themselves artistic. Art therapy does not require creative or artistic experience and is not just for children. It is not about creating an art object, but a mind-body-spirit approach, tapping into our inner wisdom for healing and wellness. It is a nonthreatening approach, allowing visual expression of emotions and experiences that are often difficult to verbalize. I have worked with client’s experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, trauma, intimate partner violence, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, memory loss, and hospice care. Of special interest are women’s issues and I have researched and/or presented on topics relating to identity, empowerment, transitions, body image, art & yoga, spirituality, and grief.