Philosophy My practice as a counselor and art therapist is founded on an eclectic theoretical foundation. I believe the most successful way to achieve personal goals in therapy is by developing a trusting relationship between client and counselor. Taking the time to learn a client’s strengths and aspirations, as well as their personal and family history, is imperative in creating this experience. In my work with clients I encourage curiosity through asking questions and offering reflection in order to heighten both my awareness of the clients experience as well as self-awareness for them.
In my work, I recognize the importance of compassion and understanding, creativity and personal expression. Developing a relationship between my own emotions and creativity has deepened my self awareness, informing my approach to encourage others through this often difficult process.
Credentials Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Registered Art Therapist (ATR) Certified Dementia Specialist (CDS)
Training MAAT, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2016 BFA, Western Michigan University, 2005
Approaches and Specializations Trauma-Informed Solutions-Oriented Feminist Theory Relational-Cultural Theory Person Centered Theories Creative Arts Therapy Depression & Anxiety Death, Grief, and Loss Aging / Ageism Relationship Difficulties Shame and Self-Esteem
Experience For the past six years I have worked with adults and older adults in community centers and long-term care facilities. In these settings, I have witnessed, learned from, and advocated passionately against intersectional discrimination. I have completed extensive training in order to support individuals who have experienced various degrees of trauma, loss, and challenges that come with significant life transitions. I welcome clients inclusively, encouraged and inspired by the strength it takes you to care for your emotional well-being.
In addition to my clinical work, I host inclusive community art groups for all age, skill, and ability levels.