Professional Counselor Associate; Art Therapist | Clients 8 and up
I see therapy as a process of becoming an ally to yourself so that you have a sense of groundedness in stress, security in relationships, and balance within uncertainties. I treat everyone with compassion and warmth, as I believe progress happens within relationships. As both an art therapist and professional counselor associate, my approach adjusts to what you need, but I am rooted in strengths-based, trauma-informed, emotions-focused, attachment, and systems theories. I also frequently use techniques based in mindfulness and self-compassion, and I support emotional expression/understanding, self-empowerment, and healthy relationships. Art therapy is uniquely helpful in safely expressing something that might be too hard to put into words, understanding yourself more deeply, metabolizing a feeling, integrating different parts of yourself, soothing your nervous system, and more. Together we may explore what your artwork means to you, but I will not analyze or interpret it for you. I support whatever process serves you best, so if art therapy isn’t your jam, I am also trained as a counselor. I practice cultural humility and seek to understand and support you within your unique experience of relationships, culture, and systems.
I work especially well with adults and children experiencing anxiety, grief, burnout/overwhelm, attachment-related trauma, depression, and recovery from domestic violence. I have my master’s in Art Therapy from Lewis & Clark College and am working towards two licensures: art therapy and professional counseling. Nearly all of my clinical experience has been with people who have experienced trauma, ranging from children (6+) adolescents, and young and older adults. I have special training in trauma, domestic violence, and crisis support. As an art therapist, I have worked with adult survivors of domestic violence, children and adolescents in a psychiatric facility, and as a community-based therapist for children and teens in crisis. Prior, I have worked as a support for adults with disabilities, and as a professional people photographer. When I’m not working, I love to make art and go backpacking.