ART THERAPIST STATEMENT
As an artist, but as a human, first and foremost- I believe we are inherently made to create and that we all have the ability to expand our ways of creation and find ways to communicate. To let ourselves be creative and communicate our humaness and our experiences. In turn we can expand our story and the world as we perceive it. There are no skills necessary to create because it is already within us since the very dawn of wo(man). Sometimes we are in need of a guidance to re-gain access to our true nature and creative fires. My work as an art psychotherapist allows me to explore other perspectives, share my love for art, psychology and enjoyment in art-making with others. Overtime, I continue to experience the energizing and healing powers of art making and have witnessed this process not only in myself and others included. Making art especially painting brings substance, depth and wholeness into my life. By living in my personal truth, I aspire to create a therapeutic space that cultivates growth, welcomes vulnerabilities and opportunities and empathetic witnessing-- through the utilization of various & limitless art materials and creative processes.
I have a master’s level graduate degree in art therapy and professional experience as an art therapist serving vast populations of people in various environments, such as: young adults(18-30's years old), mid-aged (40-60's years old) adults and older adults (70 years and older), Acute In-Patient Crisis Unit, Behavioral Health In-Patient Unit, Chemo-treatment on an Oncology Unit, a Therapeutic Arts Center, At-Risk Adolescent Youth, Working Professionals, Nursing/Assistant living homes and an Intensive Out-Patient for Co-Occurring Program. With every client-patient experience I provide personalized art therapy directive and non-directive experiences to each of my patient-clients' and groups' needs.
As a person in this world, I am an innately empathetic, intuitive and a highly-sensitive individual with keen observational skills that embraces all human-beings on all their walks of life-- in mind, body and spirit. Most of all, I am here to encourage, to be of service and to share art in it's healing capacity with all who are willing. My counseling approach is an eclectic arrangement that is based in holistic and the Positive Psychologies of Humanism, Person-Centered Therapies, Jungian, Existentialism and Depth/Trans-Personal.
My deepest goal as an artist and art therapist is to collaboratively contribute meaningfully to every relationship that I encounter. I find this kind of work to be of spiritual connectedness that is filled with love, unconditional support and depth beyond spoken language. The power of art has the potential to be the catalyst for positive transformations, insights and internal/external changes that occur in meta-verbal communication.
I am eager to share this process with others. Art, metaphor, poetry, innovation, creativity is the heart of human expression.
Creators at Work
"...to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." -C. Jung
Consented Documentation by Client, Creators/Artists.