My love for art began when I was a little girl. I was influenced by the local Austin art scene and the abundance of creativity that blossomed in a university town. Art classes were required all through high school and my personal circle of friends and family held many with artistic gifts. Once I decided to become a psychotherapist the profession of art therapy seemed irresistible. Using one's imagination therapeutically was a given.
Since 1998 I've been a professional art therapist working with adolescents and adults in group and individual settings. My master's degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development came from Pratt Institute in New York, one of the oldest art schools in the nation. 2002 was the year I received my LPC license.
As a professional art therapist I am trained in both art and therapy. My background includes the study of human development, psychological theory, clinical practice, spiritual knowledge, multi-cultural and artistic traditions and using art for healing. I have worked with people of all ages and have provided services as part of a clinical team, in mental health environments, outreach settings and schools, workshops and professional presentations.
Incorporating experiential work with my clients has brought depth of meaning and authenticity to the therapeutic process. I believe in the imagination's capacity to unlock trapped energy more quickly and thoroughly. Through art, EMDR, sandplay, dreamwork and spirituality I assist my clients in developing their own innate ability to heal old wounds and unanswered questions.