The purest form of joy in my life is connecting with others in a meaningful way. I care deeply about fulfilling my client’s needs for trust and empathy, and I am honored to hold the therapeutic space during our sessions. I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and I specialize in expressive arts therapies. I have experience guiding clients through the "Open Studio Process" (created by world-renowned author and art therapist Pat. B. Allen) and I especially enjoy facilitating this process with small groups. I also teach art journaling and altered books techniques to clients, as a means to explore images, thoughts, feelings, and color in a safe and private way. “I don’t believe that art cures or fixes; rather it restores the connection to the soul, which is always waiting to be reclaimed.” -Pat B. Allen, Art is a Way of Knowing. I do not use art methods with all clients, nor do I use them in every session. Instead, I keep these methods in my therapist toolkit, employing them when it feels right to do so. I'm also studying Sandplay therapy and plan to use these techniques with children as I grow and evolve in my therapeutic practice.
My educational background includes:
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Chico, California (Dec. 1999)
- Master of Science in Psychology from California State University Northridge, California (Dec. 2003)