I was introduced to art therapy during a long-term hospitalization as a child. Through the guidance of an art therapist and the healing power of art-making, I was able to transform my feelings of anger, inadequacy, sorrow and fear into feelings of accomplishment and understanding. Art Therapy helped me lead a meaningful life.
To help others come to grip with their challenges, I pursued and attained a dual Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Psychology at a world-renowned school for mindfulness and psychotherapy, Naropa University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). The beginning of my career mainly took place in various children’s hospitals, which was my passion for a long time. The only thing missing was being able to have long-term relationships with the children and families I was working with. Thus, I moved into private practice in 2012.
For the first six years in private practice, I solely focused on children and teens, specializing in early trauma, chronic illness, depression, anxiety and school avoidance. In 2018, I began expanding to working more with adult women.
As a psychotherapist, I highly stress the philosophy of continually working on myself and growing in order to be able to hold my client’s needs with compassion, care and wisdom. I am an active volunteer of several organizations, maintain a routine practice of personal art-making and mindful meditation and continuously educate myself on current research. I try to practice self-care by finding new yummy places to eat, traveling the world, spending quality time with family and friends, and unsuccessfully baking!
I love to work with teens as young as fifteen upwards to the elderly. I respect and work with all aspects of people including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, religion & ability.
Rudie has been my sweet companion since 2009. She is a very friendly 40 lb. shepherd/shar-pei mix who attends work with me every day. She can provide a calming presence or light-hearted distraction as needed in sessions. You can expect a warm welcome from her whenever you enter our office :)
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