MA, LPC, ATR
My career started in Pennsylvania in 1990, when I graduated with a bachelor's in Social Work with an emphasis in Psychology. This training provided a basis of viewing others in an interrelated way with the systems surrounding them. I quickly realized the work required going beyond talking to understand or influence a person's world. Coupled with my love of art and other artistic modalities like dance and drama, in 1995 I received a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies with a specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I have gathered many experiences since moving to Colorado in 1995 in a variety of social service and behavioral health setting as an expressive arts therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, program director, and as a parent of an amazing young person. Some areas of clinical specialization are community-based services for children/teens and families, adoption, grief/loss, trauma, and attachment. I am also trained in other traditional therapies, practice Reiki, and love to make art.
Since 2005, I have been an adjunct teacher in the graduate level Transpersonal Art
Therapy concentration at Naropa University. It is fulfilling to assist students and
therapists in increasing confidence and ease as a clinician, to nurture healthy teams,
and to build strong programs that provide meaningful services in our community. I
love being a teacher, a supervisor, and a therapist. It has been amazing to witness
individuals and families discover new ways of relating to self, to others, and to
their experiences using art and play. I am honored to serve as a guide to clinicians
and students in their exploration and creation of how to be present and mindful as
a healer, to be connected to spirit and the nature of life, and to live with purpose
in service of those who have endured suffering.