My first taste of art therapy was a little description I found in my undergraduate Intro to Psychology book. Something about it triggered a feeling deep within me that snowballed into a complete uprooting of my life to follow these breadcrumbs. I transferred to a school in another state and left behind all I knew for something I only had a feeling about. But it was a strong feeling. From then on, everything I learned made sense and resonated deeply with my understanding of healing and working with emotions.
What is art therapy?
It is a therapeutic process that incorporates the use of various art materials and techniques to provide an outlet for self-expression. As an art therapist, I provide guidance and direction, as well as my own insights into the imagery that is created and how it relates to the client’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The act of creating art is inherently therapeutic, and when paired with the guidance of an art therapist, even more can be gained from the process.
What does a session look like?
I like to use mindfulness, relaxation techniques, creative warm-up exercises and music, in addition to painting, drawing, sculpting and collage. All of these components assist the client in becoming focused on the present moment, which is where healing can occur. My goal is to be attentive to the client’s needs in each session and shift my technique to best suit them. I have worked with all ages, from 5 to 102 years old, and I have found that everyone can benefit in some way from art therapy, whether they consider themselves an artist or not! It is about using art as a tool to communicate with yourself so that issues can be better expressed, understood, and healed.
What is my background?
I obtained my Master’s degree in Art Therapy with a concentration in Counseling from Mount Mary University. While there, I gained experience working with clients in a nursing home, a cancer support center, an addiction center and a middle school. Since graduating I have provided in-home therapy to children with autism and adults with various mental and emotional diagnoses, as well as recreational and inclusive therapy to kids and adults with disabilities. I also create programming for an art class geared towards adults with disabilities that has been awarded two grants. Some disorders I have worked with include ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Addiction, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Hoarding, PTSD, Schizo-Affective Disorder and Bi-Polar Disorder.
I am currently working towards attaining my license as an LPC/LPCC and ATR, which means I am working under the wing of a licensed supervisor. This is beneficial to clients because they then receive care that is informed by multiple therapeutic viewpoints and experience levels. I am supervised by T. Rob Winkler MA LP, RPT here at Playmore & Prosper.
Special areas of interest:
Anxiety, depression, children and adolescents affected by incarceration, PTSD, grief, life transitions, feeling stuck, and self-esteem issues.
I offer individual and family therapy. As an Art Therapist, I utilize creative art activities and a variety of other exercises in my sessions. You can read more about what a session looks like with me and my areas of special interest above.
I am a fee-for-service provider, which means I do not accept insurance. You may be reimbursed by your insurance company for my services if you choose to request "out-of-network" reimbursement. Please verify the specific requirements for reimbursement with your insurance provider, and I will be happy to provide you with the appropriate receipt, billing codes, and diagnosis needed (insurance will not reimburse if there is no diagnosis).
Payment is due at time of service and I accept cash, check, or credit card payments, including Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.
My hourly rate is $75/hr