I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist offering group, individual, family and couples counseling to adults, children and adolescents.
I strive to create a positive environment and to build healthy, nurturing relationships with everyone I work with as these are ideal conditions for growth and healing. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based. I work with the individual, couple and/or family to incorporate obtainable and realistic goals and often use art therapy interventions as an avenue for expression and exploration.
I am trained and experienced in working with individual, group and families using traditional styles of therapy as well as expressive art therapy techniques. I work with individuals as young as age 6 years and into adulthood. I have worked in residential and outpatient settings with at-risk adolescents and families struggling with a number of different stressors and traumas. A number of people I see are struggling with difficulties with attachment, sexual and physical trauma and significant anxiety and depressive symptoms. I truly enjoy working with and advocating for children, adults and families who need support.
My undergraduate (BA) training was from Gonzaga University in psychology and art and I hold a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling (MA, ATR) from Marylhurst University. I am trained to utilize both art and talk therapy. Major areas of experience include human development, ethics, assessment and treatment, the counseling process, family therapy and the uses of art in the therapy process and addiction counseling. I have earned my license as a professional counselor (LPC) and I receive regular clinical supervision and attend trainings and continuing education courses as frequent as possible.
I constantly attend trainings and workshops to maintain current knowledge of issues, research, and helpful approaches in my field. I have enjoyed attending and learning more about interpersonal neurobiology, the enneagram, and a my continued studies have maintained a significant focus on attachment, trauma and relationships. I also participate in clinical supervision and consultation regularly.
I have 15 post-masters years of experience and 20+ years of being fully immersed in the healing arts.