I am a neurodivergent artist and have been sober/in recovery for over 5 years.
I love live music, creating abstract art, being outside, taking long walks, finding cool rocks, and spending time with my sweet pup.
I am dedicated to recognizing and honoring the intersectionality of identity. My work is informed by the integrative belief that personal well-being encompasses all parts of self, which includes mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I am passionate about holding space to share the therapeutic qualities of art and offering unwavering support to individuals on their journey of personal growth.
I earned my Master’s of Art in Art Therapy with an emphasis on counseling from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and have my Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am credentialed with the Art Therapy Credentials Board as a Registered Provisional Art Therapist and am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor.
For my thesis, I conducted qualitative research to evaluate the professional experience of credentialed art therapists using art therapy as treatment for nonbinary people with disordered substance use.
My professional work and personal inspirations are rooted in embracing the intersectionality of identity, exploring new perspectives, and finding meaningful connections.
My theoretical orientation is built on a humanistic, client-centered approach.
Art is a form of self-validation. My introspective art making is driven by my need to process, my captivation with contemplation, and my desire to understand.
When used in a therapeutic setting, art-making is about the process, not the product. The ability to find solace and strength through art-making and personal reflection is a valuable, empowering experience. It does not require an artistic background, technical skills, or extensive knowledge of art. Art is about acceptance and representing our truth.
Through contemplative actions such as art-making we can discover purpose, create meaning, and gain insight. During the process of creative expression we are picking up the pieces of life and discovering how they fit together, how they relate to each other, and how we relate to them. When we need to understand ourselves, our creations contain the explanation.
Aside from art therapy modalities. I also provide talk therapy in the form of Couples/Relationship Therapy, Individual therapy, Child/Adolescent Therapy.