As a child, I wanted to be a doctor. I was inspired by the idea of healing and helping people, but as the years went on, I found myself gravitating toward art. I loved to draw and create and this passion propelled me to major in art for most of my schooling. During my senior year of high school, I took an AP Psychology course that sparked my curiosity for understanding human behavior. My dual interests in art and psychology are what led me to become an art therapist. Art therapy is the perfect mix of my desire to help and heal, love of art, and fascination with the human mind.
I joined Resilient Mind Psychotherapy in 2022. As an Art Therapist, I incorporate creative modalities to help clients cope with fear, engage in cathartic release of energy, provide a safe space for emotional expression and validation, promote insight, and resolve distress. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in resolving anxiety, grief, and life stress through creative expression. As someone who regularly questioned my value as a person, I hope to instill a sense of love and worth into every individual who comes into my life.
Using a highly individualized and adaptive approach I make sure each client’s unique needs are met. Past clients report positive changes in their self-esteem, social skills, emotional recognition, ability to cope with difficult moments, and communicate needs. My greatest aspiration is to help clients realize that their life is a work in progress, an imperfect masterpiece that reflects their unique perspective.
As an artist, I find it incredibly important to keep up with my own body of work as a way of having my own thoughts and emotions surface in a creative manner. In my artwork, I often paint representational imagery with abstract applications of paint. I am thoroughly fascinated by the artistic process and immerse myself deeply in my work. I enjoy reading and watching movies as it allows me to experience others’ perspectives and creative expression. My dog is like a child to me and any chance I have to snuggle or pet him, I absolutely take it! Ways I engage in self-care include walks on the beach, hanging with my sister, and joking around with my friends.