“I've always utilized visual and performing arts as means to work through my frustrations, anxieties, and struggles and I realized I could continue to use those things professionally to help others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
While this is my first career, I'd had every intention of becoming a costume designer until right before graduating college. That changed when I realized I wouldn't be a great professional techie because I liked more traditional hours and always hated taking all my hard work apart at the end of a production. I became an art therapist because I wanted to be the person I wished I'd had growing up and going through my own life transitions. I've always utilized visual and performing arts as means to work through my frustrations, anxieties, and struggles and I realized I could continue to use those things professionally to help others. I'm definitely a mindful listener and am happy to be a container for whatever you want to talk about. That being said, I do give feedback and believe therapy is a team effort (you and me — we're the team). I've worked in school, after school communities, shelters, and outpatient settings.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intakes or consults with me typically involve a 10-15 minute conversation about what brought you in and what types of goals you'd like to work on together. Therapy is a collaborative and supportive process. There definitely will be times when I may make recommendations for homework (or, as I like to refer to it, "a challenge") depending on what we're working through and if I think it could be relevant or helpful. I typically don't do this every session (unless that is something you'd like). I enjoy working with clients who are willing to reflect and sit in their discomfort.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm so excited that the stigma about going to therapy or getting treatment has begun to be torn down. There doesn't have to be anything “wrong” with someone in order to seek therapy; to me, therapy and mental health treatment are additional supports we could all use.
How do you approach diversity or working with clients who may come from a different background than you do?
I typically bring it up head-on. We all have differences and various upbringings and backgrounds. There will definitely be things brought into the room that I may be unfamiliar with or you may be unfamiliar with. When that happens, I encourage dialogue around it. I promise to do my homework and encourage you to tell me when I mess up!
“There doesn't have to be anything “wrong” with someone in order to seek therapy; to me, therapy and mental health treatment are additional supports we could all use.”