A good therapist is a guide who can walk beside you, listen and lend a hand.
MY FIRST STEPS INTO ART THERAPY…
My formal studies of Art Therapy began in September, 2001, days after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. I remember walking the streets near New York University and seeing the photographs of missing loved ones, flowers, candles and outpourings of public grief in visual form. It was a poignant time to begin raising my awareness of how much the visual world can impact experience, and of the power of Art. Art making can provide a bridge from outside experience to inner states of being. It has been my privilege to guide many people on their journeys of self-discovery through participation in Art Therapy.
As a New York State Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist, I have been working as a professional clinical Art Therapist since 2007. I hold a BS degree from Cornell University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and MA degree from New York University in Art Therapy. I have post-graduate training in Mindfulness Based Art Therapy, an evidence-based practice utilizing mindfulness and Art Therapy; Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I am a Reiki Level II Practitioner. I have advanced training in Trauma Studies and Creative Arts Therapies from The Kint Institute in NYC and additional training in Trauma from The Cape Cod Institute.
I facilitate Art Therapy in weekly groups and to individuals incorporating brief and long-term psychotherapy using visual art modalities including but not limited to painting, drawing, collage, ceramics, fabric arts, puppet making and printmaking. Guided imagery and mindfulness exercises are often utilized to integrate body awareness with creative expression to increase self-awareness, promote well-being, build an internal locus of control and explore problem solving from a strengths-based perspective.
PHILOSOPHY ABOUT THERAPY…
Everyone needs some help at one time or another. There is no shame in asking for help, in fact, it is courageous to seek help and take the necessary steps to find what you need. I offer verbal psychotherapy along with Creative Arts Therapy; during our initial session, we will explore the approach that is best for you. My approach includes somatic awareness and mindfulness and often includes parts work. No prior experience in art or therapy is necessary, only a willingness to try.
POST GRADUATE TRAININGS…
Jungian Sandplay Therapy with Darcey Ortoff, PhD, NYC, 2015.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, 8 week course by Jonn Kabat-Zinn. 2016.(MBSR)
Internal Family Systems with Richard Schwartz at IFS Conference, Rhode Island, 2018. (IFS)
Arts and Trauma Treatment, Kint Institute, NYC. Level One Certificate 2018-2019.
SoulCollage(R) Facilitator, trained by Mariabruna Sirabella, Los Angeles 2019
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with Janina Fisher, PhD, The Cape Cod Institute, 2019
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy with Diana Fosha, PhD, NYC. 2019 (AEDP)
New York Expressive Therapies Summit (various workshops annually from 2009-2019).
REIKI II, Second Degree with Genevieve M. Lowry, Reiki Master, NYC, 2015.