I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and art therapist who works with intention on making meaning of one’s life through connection and compassion. One of my specialties is bringing the creation of art in a therapeutic environment to deepen the relationship to oneself. Art enhances the ability to connect with thoughts and feelings that are the answers to our current stressors and can be hard to find. Art and symbolism tap into the deeper emotional experiences that have been passed down through generations and that we carry in our bodies. Art became an interest of mine at a young age when I felt the need to express myself without having the words to do so. In my current practice, I would never ask clients to create something that I have not done so myself and understand how to meet you where you are, which includes talk therapy. There is no requirement to be an artist or have experience with materials to try art therapy and I strive to make the space safe, comfortable, relaxing, and free of judgement.
My educational journey began at Colorado State University with a BS in psychology and continued at Adler University for a master’s in counseling and art therapy. I have experience working in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings with a variety of populations in groups, individual sessions, and family sessions. Along the way, I have supplemented my formal career with figure sculpting and ceramics to continue to foster the creative processes I so firmly believe in.
The theoretical approaches I align with include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, motivational interviewing, theories of attachment, and trauma informed care. I can provide support with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, self-esteem, academic stress, family conflict, and neurodivergence with adolescents and young adults.
Therapy with me works best with clients who are motivated, looking to gain insight, and wanting a space to relieve stress. My hope is to create an environment where people can find themselves validated and empowered to make meaningful change in line with their values.