I hold a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College. Major coursework focused on Art-based Assessment Techniques, Art Therapy Across the Life Span, Group Dynamics, and Multicultural Art Therapy. Postgraduate training includes Level One and Level Two training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and attachment disorders. I am experienced in the areas of relationships, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, trauma and abuse. As a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Oregon Board, I engage in a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education every two years. I am a bilingual clinician (English & Spanish) and have worked extensively with Latinos.
My experience with kids spans my entire career. I’ve taught swim lessons and coached a youth swim team, taught art to children for a non-profit in Cusco, Peru, worked at residential treatment center with kids in crisis, and facilitated workshops in the Artists in Healthcare program at Randall Children’s Hospital. In my work as a clinician, I regard leading therapeutic art workshops for adolescents and young adults in the early stages of psychosis for the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) and working in community mental health as seminal experiences. I also enjoy spending time with my godson.
I offer a range of services to meet clients’ needs. They include:
During our first appointment you can expect that I will ask many questions to gain a better understanding about what brought you to therapy and how I can best support you. I will actively listen and provide a supportive space for you to make changes and take risks.
I welcome all ages! In my work with children 10 years and under, it is my belief that counseling is most effective when family members are involved. I will work with your family to clarify what your goals are and to determine what therapy configuration will be most conducive to change. Although I specialize in working with young children and their families, I also enjoy working with adults. As a bilingual clinician, I welcome the opportunity to work with clients whose preference is to speak in Spanish.
Art therapy provides an alternative way to communicate things that are difficult to to put into words and fosters creative problem solving and flexibility. The creative and art making process can provide insight, improve self-awareness, build self-confidence, cultivate problem-solving skills and provide a meaningful and transcendent experience that can improve mood and reduce distress.
The type of artwork done or reviewed in an art therapy session is tailored to each individual’s strengths, interests and therapy goals. The art therapist does not judge or analyze the artwork but rather helps each individual find personal meaning in their own expressions. Art materials can include painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, photography, writing, poetry, sewing, mixed media and more. As needed, the art therapist will support you in choosing materials and learning what you need to know to use them.