I have always had a love for art making and the creative process. Art therapy seemed a perfect fit for me to share my joy for creativity, inspire others, and make an impact on people’s lives.
Art therapy is a second career for me, and a transformative part of my life’s story of figuring out who I am and having the audacity and courage to live authentically. With 15 years in the commercial insurance risk management industry, I learned the hard way. LOL.
All of those who are called to do grief, loss, and trauma work have their own life experience and stories of how they got the calling.
As a kid, I was always interested in my dream world. Dream interpretation, symbolism, surrealism, and mythology inspired my early artwork.
My dream work is still an invaluable part of my life that enriches me through warnings, insights, and unexpected, transformative blessings. It’s a conversation with my soul. It involves personal sacrifice and commitment, but sacrifice means to set aside, to make sacred.
Coping skills and positive thinking don’t answer questions when life brings unimaginable tragedy or loss. Some of my life experiences made me look at myself and my life and ask some pretty tough questions as I looked for more satisfying answers.
In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks the Cheshire cat where she should go from here. The cheshire cat replies, “If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter what path you take.” In other words, you don’t have to have a path already laid out for us to figure out which way you want to go. My ego hates this phrase, but “trust the process” really does apply here.
I work with people who know they are making huge changes and and changing paths. I’m willing to challenge you and support you as you recreate yourself and figure out how where you want to go from here.
I will get to know you and your individual story hold you accountable as well as gently remind you of your blind spots. I’ve got your back.
It’s Time to Write your Story.
As you get clarity about where you want to go, you’ll find more energy and more resources become available to support you.
The path begins to open and empower you to make the changes you know you need.
I’ll work with you on dialoging with your art, guided meditation exercises for getting in touch with your body that will help you understand what that tightness in your chest is trying to tell you.
Your anxiety and your body is trying to get your attention for a course correction. Together, we’ll make a space where we can lean-in and get curious about those symptoms. Underneath, you’ll gain access to your intuition.
I listen to the images in your art, your dreams, and your stories to hear that voice within you. I’ll teach you to recognize it too. Then you will be able to apply it to life and start to trust yourself, maybe for the first time.
This is what true empowerment looks like.
I’ll Honor Your Journey
There is an amazing balm to really having your life’s story witnessed. Sometimes in therapy you feel like you’ve been really heard for the first time.
I am not afraid of the content of your intrusive thoughts, your dark fantasies, or your nightmares. They all provide clues on where you’ve been and what you need.
Your history, desires, and your identity and preferences matter. We are all as unique as astrological charts, fractal patterns, DNA… This is why individual, long-term therapy can reap such benefits. Jung said, “Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul be just another human soul .”
In the co-creation of art therapy, we will work toward creative expression that gives you a new perspective on where you came from and clues for the next chapter.
We work together guided by your dreams, not some overly generalized manual, to help guide you on the next step of your archetypal journey.
The Official Stuff:
I got my undergraduate degree in Fine Art at Salisbury University in 2003. I received my masters in art therapy from Florida State University in 2018. I am recognized by the Art Therapy Credentialing Board as a board certified, registered art therapist, ATR-BC 20-086.
I am licensed in the states of Delaware and New York as an Art Therapist.
I work under my national certification in the State of Ohio. If you’re not sure what applies to your location, we can talk about those logistics in a video chat.
I am currently studying in Switzerland as a training candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich.
My training has included work with trauma, grief (bereavement and hospice), and maternal mental health.
I understand queer relationships, polyamory, kink, spirituality, and alternative religion from an inside perspective. I have also navigated a contentious divorce, a career change, systemic sexism, and complicated grief.
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