I’m an expressive arts therapist who is passionate about experiential therapy. Expressive arts therapy is intermodal and includes various modalities such as, visual arts, dance/movement, music, drama, narrative, play, and equine therapy. This kaleidoscope of approaches allows for embodiment, integration, and holistic healing that can be geared toward each individual client’s needs. I draw from neuroscience, positive psychology, and solution focused therapy as well as many other approaches depending on the issue at hand. Expressive arts therapy is a culturally relevant practice. It aids in the healing of trauma and can assist clients in moving through any challenge. My mission is to allow clients to feel heard and supported while telling their stories through creative process to promote personal growth and healing. I support my clients in getting “unstuck” through doing, rather than just talking. I believe deeply in expressive art, equine, holistic, nature based, and other action oriented therapeutic approaches.
I am currently in my third-year practicum for receiving a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in expressive arts therapy, from The California Institute of Integral Studies. My next goal is to obtain my certificate in EQUUSOMA (a somatically oriented equine assisted psychotherapy model).
Being a firefighter for many years, I learned that I was passionate about helping people, but that I longed to work more deeply with people in relation to psychology and spiritual emergency as opposed to medical emergency creating meaning through a therapeutic relationship. I went on to work for a personal and professional growth and development company. Having spent many years volunteering and working in the realm of helping people, it was only natural for me to move into the field I admired most, counseling and psychology.
“May I become the medicine for those who are sick, A partner for those who are lonely, a bridge for those that need to cross over, a light for those who are blind. For as long as space endures, may I remain to work for the benefit of all living beings.” … H.H. The fourteenth Dalai Lama
1. I will come from my heart center and hold people in the light.
2. I will use the Serenity Prayer as my guide for myself and my clients.
3. I will integrate art, psychology, and education as holistic treatment for my clients utilizing a kaleidoscope of modalities, theories, and approaches to fit each individual. To use the creative process to promote personal growth and healing.
4. I will treat all people equally without judgment, holding awareness of my biases, and do my best not to make assumptions, in order to provide the best care possible.
5. I will emphasize the process of creation rather than the final product.
6. I will be a witness and co-pilot in the therapeutic relationship, through meaning-making together, ubuntu, collaboration, trust, cultivating the strength of the we, shared purpose, mutual responsibility, commitment, and attunement.
7. I will integrate the power and energy of the universe in connecting my clients spiritually to nature and all living things. 8. I will always strive to come from a place of compassion, empathy, congruence, unconditional positive regard, and client agency.
9. I will promote the use of energy work, building resilience, transcending suffering, the cultivation of a mind, heart, body, and soul holistic connection through somatic experiencing.
10. I will practice wellness through self-care, self-awareness, self-love, self-regulation, and spirituality.
11. I will give back to my community and leave my legacy through practicing equanimity and equality, cultivating community, and promoting justice for all.
12. I will facilitate experiential learning and therapy in order to provide quicker recovery and healing that leaves people with long term positive effects.
13. I will integrate the meaning of words like, adventure, inspire, believe, passion, play, imagination, art, discovery, freedom, transcendence, embodiment, holistic healing, visioning, intention, prayer, spiritual awakening, inner child, gratitude, and more into my practice.
14. I will continue to grow and learn on my healing path in any way that will help me provide the best care possible. I will remain authentic, maskless, and transparent.
“Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire.” ― Viktor E. Frankl