I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist. I have been working with young people in therapeutic settings for the past 10 years and in a clinical mental health setting for the past six years. I started my career by volunteering through a variety of art programs with inpatients at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I did my graduate internship and post-graduate work at a community mental health agency where I worked with children and families. In those roles, I gained gained expertise in major life adjustments (Divorce, a New Sibling, Moving, a New School), Anxiety (Generalized, Unspecific, Phobias, Separation, Social), depression, anger, self-esteem, gender identity, trauma, bullying and academic issues, and physical disability and chronic illness. I started by first private practice (Seattle Child Art Therapy) in 2019 and worked primarily with children and teens on these challenges.
In 2021 I had the opportunity to join the Creative Arts Therapies team at Seattle Children's Hospital, mid-pandemic and at the start of the Youth Mental Health Crisis. Throughout my time at Children's, I conducted art therapy with kids and young adults on all inpatient units and gained special experience de-escalating mental health crises through art therapy in my time with psych unit patients. However, I noticed patients would benefit from learning the skills we were using on the unit, before ever having to come to the Hospital. This is why I am excited to be back in private practice. Here I can help you learn to apply the effective therapy techniques I was using in the hospital to your daily life.To learn more specific information about what these techniques and see examples, please visit my Therapeutic Approach Page.
While I have had a breadth of experiences and training in my journey, my work will always be about helping you find your own unique creative healing process to cope with adversity.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Stanley Stamm Summer Camp
Developed and conducted therapeutic art activities for children (ages 6-14) at a range of developmental stages with differing physical capabilities at Children's week-long overnight camp.
Owned and operated psychotherapy and art therapy practice for children and adolescents.
Therapy services, diagnosis, treatment planning, case management, and intakes for clients and families.
Facilitate behavioral health art therapy with school age children through a problem-focused, strength based, and family systems orientation to promote resiliency.
Use arts and crafts activities for diversion from hospital life and developmental play for pediatric patients and their families
American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference
Presented original research and work done with patients at Seattle Children's Hospital entitled, "A Pediatric Pottery Wheel Pilot Program for Diverse Diagnoses and Restrictive Environments".
Juvenile Arthritis National Conference 2018
The Arthritis Foundation invited me to create and facilitate the art therapy portion of their annual conference that was held in Bellevue, Washington.
Facilitated a superhero art therapy workshop for 300+ families with children (ages 3-12).
Navos West Seattle Child and Family
Recruited families, conceptualized, developed, and executed an intimate 4-week Cognitive Behavioral Art Therapy family group.
Doll Making with Transgender and Gender Variant Individuals
A pilot study with quantitative and qualitative research conducted through a series of three doll making workshops exploring gender and identity with Transgender and Gender Variant individuals ages 13 and over.
Completed a 6-month Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Training through the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center.
I will return all messages within 48 hours.
If you are in crisis please call 9-1-1 or the King County Crisis Line at 866-427-4747.
I am located in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle.
To inquire about starting therapy with a free 20 minute phone consultation, please reach out through the number listed below or send a message through the form to the left. I am excited to connect with you and your family!
Madison Park, Seattle, Washington 98112, United States