A little about me.
I am dedicated to helping teens and adults learn to safely process emotions and explore their identities. Art can help with processing trauma, building self-confidence, and practicing coping skills to use in real life. I believe that just making art can be therapeutic on its own, but when integrated into the therapy process, it can support powerful healing.
You don't have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy! My approach integrates traditional counseling techniques with a wide range of art media to fit your needs. I use art as part of the treatment planning process and during each session to support your goals. “Art” can include soothing movements like scribbling with crayons or squishing clay, as well as more insight-focused projects. I will not analyze or interpret your art for you—we will explore it together.
I am passionate about working with individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, or anyone who struggles with traditional talk therapy. I realize that not everyone comes from a family that believes that therapy can be useful. As a white cis-gender female, I recognize my privilege in American culture and I continually seek out opportunities for growth as a therapist and human.
I have a master's degree in Art Therapy and counseling from Lewis and Clark College, and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Reed College. Previous clinical experiences include working with teens and young adults in residential settings, especially those who have experienced trauma and systemic oppression. Currently, I'm a Professional Counselor Associate and a Provisional Registered Art Therapist, and I am under the supervision of Dr. Tara Sanderson, PsyD, and B.A. Short, ATR-BC, LCAT.
In my free time, I enjoy being outside with my dog, cat, and partner, gardening, making messy art, and listening to science podcasts.