“My approach is conversational, collaborative, and fluid rather than rigid and rote.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career as a graphic designer, even working for a short time at the Coca-Cola Company where I designed packaging for Diet Coke. An unexpected byproduct of art school was that I learned firsthand about the power of processing emotions and past experiences through art. Deeply moved by the practice, I began to dream of combining my passions for art-making and mental health. Eventually, I went on to earn my master’s of professional studies in creative arts therapy and creativity development from the Pratt Institute. Prior to starting my private practice, I trained in addiction recovery and worked in several inpatient psychiatric facilities where I was privileged to embrace the full rawness and vulnerability of people’s heaviest moments.
What should someone know about working with you?
I generally like to meet for about 20-minutes to discuss what is bringing you to therapy and what your goals are. Once we decide we're the right fit, we'll move onto scheduling your first session. My approach is conversational, collaborative, and fluid rather than rigid and rote. I assure you that I will be authentic, bring humor, and walk alongside you on your journey. It is also worth mentioning that I work with a lot of metaphor. When listening to a client explain their situation, I use imagery to process and better understand what is going on. This helps me explore someone's story from alternate points of view.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am lucky enough to absolutely love what I do. Because of my enthusiasm, I seek out training beyond what is required to maintain my license. Right now, I am excited about inner child and self-compassion work. I also collaborate with other mental health providers to hear their perspectives and learn different approaches to the work. Being in supervision keeps me grounded and ensures my clients receive holistic, well-rounded care.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a natural hype man; I am adept at quickly assessing someone's strengths, celebrating them, and finding a way to use them as a foundation for future success. Let's work together to utilize what is working for you and incorporate it into what is not.
Will we make art in every session? What if I'm not an artist?
You are the captain of our ship and you’ll decide where we’ll go. This means that if you’d prefer to approach our work together through traditional talk therapy, we can do that! Or, if you’d like to dive into art as a way of processing what you're going through, we can do that too. Some days may be a blend of both. The bottom line? Our sessions will be what we make them together. Do not worry about your artistic abilities. Art therapy is about the process rather than the product. I will never judge what you create. I also can't read your mind based on what you've made — only you know what your piece means and conveys.
“I assure you that I will be authentic, bring humor, and walk alongside you on your journey.”