I graduated with my Master's Degree in Psychology concentrating on children, couples and families through the lens of Art Therapy from Antioch University, Seattle.
My passion has always been in the arts and humanities. I came to recognize how creating art can be a vehicle toward increasing self-awareness and well-being.
It was while I was pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology at Evergreen State College, Tacoma, that I realized my calling to become an Art Therapist.
Combining art and psychology is not new concept. Sigmund Freud cited one of his patients as saying, "I can draw it... but I don't know how to say it."
Carl Jung's extensive journey around the world helped formulate his theories of self-reflection in creating healing circles called Mandalas.
Art therapy is a non verbal way to communicate thoughts and feelings while opening up new pathways of thinking. Art does not always mean staying within the lines.
I bring with me a diverse background through my own struggles with my family of origin. I continue to be an advocate in the LGBTQ community. I strive to create a comfortable and safe environment to open up the possibilities for all children, adolescents, and families to find answers to their questions.
Using an artistic lens and affirmations of Art Therapy, I incorporate family systems theory with several therapeutic techniques to address mood, behavior, relational issues and trauma.
I am a member of the Washington Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (WAMFT) and American Art Therapy Association (AATA), professional organizations which provide me the knowledge to sustain my therapeutic services as a Family and Marriage Art Therapist.
My mission is to continue to develop as an individual so I can best meet the needs of my clients.