I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist specializing in individual and family therapy for children and adults. I enjoy a private practice in Seattle, Washington in the Tangletown neighborhood of Greenlake.
I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of California San Diego in Human Development and a Master's degree with a dual emphasis in Child, Couple, Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. For nearly five years, I worked as a Family Art Therapist at Auburn Youth Resources (AYR), a community mental health agency in South King County. I helped AYR develop an art therapy program, frequently giving talks and trainings to the community, organizing community art making, running art therapy groups with kids and teens, and working with children and families to change and grow through art therapy. I am trained in Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Other work experience includes co-facilitating an art therapy group for cancer patients and their families at the University of Washington Medical Center and working with children overseas on military bases in Okinawa, Japan and Brunssum, Holland.
In addition to my private pratice, I am an associate faculty member in the Art Therapy program at Antioch University Seattle. I teach many courses, including, Techniques and Practices of Art Therapy, History & Theory of Art Therapy, and the Case Consultation series for students in their internship. I have found a passion in teaching graduate students about the potential of art therapy and deeply enjoy being a part of the Antioch community.
My therapeutic approach is to provide support, encouragement, inspiration, skill building and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. The predominant theories that guide my work are Experiential, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I specialize in using art to explore difficult emotions and experiences, to deepen connections with ourselves and our loved ones, and to find creative solutions to problems. As a systems therapist, I always consider the client's many environments and relationships, including family, friends, work, school and community. Children are occasionally seen individually, but most often a parent is expected to be involved in sessions in order to gain a holistic understanding of the client and the family. I use a collaborative approach to therapy, making decisions about the goals and directions of therapy together with the client.
As an art therapist, I often rely on creativity and art making to assist the client in personal understanding and growth. While art making is always available, it is not insisted upon. I work in many different modalities and tailor my work to harness the inherent strengths of each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #LF 60059035
Master's - Dual emphasis Psychology & Art Therapy, Antioch University Seattle
Bachelor of Arts - Human Development, University of California, San Diego
License, Certifications & Awards:
Registered Art Therapist, #08-195
Child Mental Health Specialist, awarded 02/2010
Professional Activities and Memberships:
Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT), parent coach 2006
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), 2008
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT)
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Evergreen Art Therapy Association (EATA)