I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist, specializing in individual and family therapy. I maintain a private practice in NE Portland - through Creative Connections Counseling Services. I have extensive work experience in the field of trauma resolution and healing, with experience with adult individuals working through addictive and mental health challenges, as well as extensive experience working with abused, neglected and traumatized children and adolescents. I assist individuals to move past trauma's and blocks of the past to form healthy relationship ties in the present.
I have over 25 years experience as a practitioner in the healthcare field, having worked as a Registered Nurse, Creative Art Therapist and Professional Counselor. I obtained my graduate level education at Southwestern College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico - receiving a transpersonal education, and MA in Art Therapy. My education incorporated both clinical as well as expressive and creative methods of healing.
In addition to my 'trauma' focus with adults and chldren ---- I also embody the healing principles of a depth oriented -- Mind-Body-Spirit practitioner. Additional areas of expertise includes Art Therapy, Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Dream Exploration and Guided Visualization, Nature based Therapies Experiential Play therapy, & Cognitive-based approaches -- incorporating a mind-body-spirit connection!
I am an interactive and solution-focused therapist, incorporating a balanced perspective. My therapeutic approach is to provide support to clients to help them move forward towards effectively engaging in life in order to achieve success in personal challenges faced. With compassion, and an authentic presence -- assisting clients to find love in connecting to to their own heart sanctuary- to live a life fully with all our relations!
Education: MA in Art Therapy & Transpersonal Counseling - Southwestern College, Santa Fe
License, Certifications & Awards - LPC; ATR-BC
Additional Training Jungian Trained Sandplay Therapy; Experiential Play Therapy; Mindfulness Approaches; Nature-Based Practices
Professional Activities and Memberships American Art Therapy Association
Oregon Friends of Jung
Art Therapy Credentials Board