Many people seek out a therapist when in crisis or after a loss or trauma but therapy is also utilized during life transitions, and to support new growth , life direction and self -awareness. Where does one start? How do you go about finding a therapist who you connect with and how do you know if therapy will truly be helpful?
I believe the client therapist relationship is so important and that you feel safe and heard and able to tap into your own inner resources. I want my clients to feel empowered and to uncover their personal strengths that may have become buried or blurred due to lifes challenges. The step of deciding to come to therapy is an action of self care! All of us need time to slow down, be quiet and reflect in order to understand ourselves and to gain greater self -awareness and direction in our lives. Therapy can provide that time and safe space for reflection.
My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and to resolve challenges in your life. By applying both verbal and non verbal (art therapy and mindfulness)therapy approaches and techniques, we will move you towards a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please call or email me for an individual consultation today.
Who I am:
I am a licensed clinical social worker and a registered art therapist. I grew up in Michigan and enjoyed a variety of activities including tennis, soccer, and water/snow skiing. I am a self-taught artist, who, despite occasional bouts of self-doubt, has managed to maintain a lifetime commitment to creative self-expression.
Upon earning my B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary's College in 1991, I dedicated a year to volunteering with inner city youth through an after school enrichment program in West Oakland, CA. It was during that time that I realized my passion for social work, outreach, and therapy. I entered the Masters in Social Work program at Western Michigan University in 1992 and obtained a Masters in Social Work degree in 1994, and a Masters in Art Therapy from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.
For the last 16 years I have devoted my education and my career to social work, therapy and art therapy. Through the Chicago foster care system and organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, I have helped many people who have experienced trauma, abuse, depression, and loss in their lives find a voice in this world. Through art therapy, I have uncovered a way for people to process difficult emotions and to externalize emotions that are hard to access.
Since moving to Colorado from Chicago in 2008, I’ve served as a volunteer art therapist at Parenting Place in Boulder, CO, have worked as a paraeducator in the Boulder Valley School District, and have been providing private art therapy sessions for a local single moms group. In 2014 I formed Connected Within Art Therapy and Counseling Services, LLC.
Personally, I love spending time with my husband, my almost 11 year-old daughter, and our two cats. I love running, nia, yoga, art, music and nature. I also have an interest in Buddhism, mindfulness, and spirituality.