Philosophy: I use trauma-informed, person-centered, culturally competent, creative, strength-based approaches to meet people where they are currently struggling. I utilize art therapy and counseling techniques in working with individuals and families. I am passionate about helping people identify their values to increase their self-awareness, self-care, and self-worth. I aim to assist people in learning new coping skills through a variety of therapeutic approaches. My goal is to build strong, meaningful relationships with others by creating a safe, non-judgmental environment that fosters authenticity. I employ mindfulness, humor, grounding exercises, art making, and psycho-education in sessions to help people expand their toolbox of coping skills. I am a firm believer in validating any positive change while assisting individuals on how to best achieve their individual goals.
Education: MAAT, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010 BA, Oberlin College, 2008
Licensure: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Registered Art Therapist (ATR)
Experience: In my professional experience thus far, I have worked in a variety of settings: alternative high school, outpatient mental health facility, housing facility for adults with co-occurring issues, inclusive community art studio, and a behavioral health facility in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. I have experience leading trainings and workshops on a variety of specialties for people in the helping professions. I also provide consultation and supervision to counselors for their licensure and continued practice. In addition to my clinical experience, I am currently a part-time faculty member at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Presentations: 2016 Incorporating art into co-occurring care, North Chicago, IL
2015 Art In Therapy, Heartland Alliance, Chicago, IL Motivational Interviewing with Youth with Substance Use Problems, Heartland Alliance, Chicago, IL
2014 Ziploc Bag Encounters: Youth and Harm Reduction, panel, MHRI, Chicago, IL
2010-2012 - An Introduction to Art Therapy, Lecture and Workshop, West 40 Regional Safe Schools, Bellwood, IL - Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Revisiting Art with Adolescents, MAAT Thesis Presentation, West 40 Regional Safe Schools, Bellwood, IL - Intersectionality: Cultural, Personal and Artistic Identity, panel, Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference, Chicago, IL - Promoting Self-Reflexivity in the Art Therapy Practice, American Art Therapy Association, Sacramento, CA