Why I love my work

I come to this work by way of my own healing. I know first hand what it is like to navigate through the challenges of an eating disorder and discover freedom through self-love and acceptance of the whole self. Early on in my journey, I still remember my first encounter with an Art Therapist. I almost walked out due to my fears around creating art. I quickly learned that art provided me with a language to express myself and heal where I had not previously been able to find words. Experiencing this change inspired my journey to become a therapist. This has allowed me to create a space to encourage others to believe in their own journey of healing.

My Training

I received my Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Marylhurst University. I had the privilege of helping to open Monte Nido’s Clementine, a residential treatment facility for teenage girls. There I spent 3 years as an individual and group therapist supporting teens and their families as they navigated their way through the recovery process. I was able to work with a variety of diagnosis and eating disorder symptoms and develop proficiency and knowledge in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. I regularly attend professional trainings to deepen my knowledge and enhance my therapeutic skills.

My Approach

Humanistic Psychology

believes that humans are innately good and hold within themselves, the capacity to self-heal. It values the whole person and uniqueness of the individual instead of solely focusing on the problem.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

supports the person by holding two seemingly opposite perspectives at once to promote balance and avoid all-or-nothing thinking. DBT provides skills to increase mindfulness, regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and increase the ability to effectively be in relationships with others.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

allows the person to increase awareness of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and better understand how they are impacting daily life. It can provide one with tools to shift automatic negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors and create new ones that are more supportive.

Art Therapy

is a process by which a person interacts with art materials to explore, discover, and sooth past or current events, emotions, or beliefs. It can provide a way for a person to have a language for what they are experiencing when they do not have the words for it.