Hello! Queer art therapist, here, with a huge heart, activist mind, and welcoming spirit geared to help you walk the journey right for YOU.
Art Therapist in Denver, CO
At heart and in spirit, I’m a Rogerian. I believe that I’m most effective with you when we are able to center our therapy around a relationship of trust, non-judgment, respect, and authenticity. I deeply care for each of my clients and their well-being. Rather than having ‘all the answers’ or being stoic and distant from my clients, they become aware of my interest in truly understanding their world. I believe that the answers certain lie within each of my clients—and it’s my job to help find them. We all need to know that we don’t exist in a vaccuum, that we aren’t the sole member of an alien species, just surviving alone. Indeed, I believe one of the biggest gifts I can share with you is not the heady psychological theories I learned in school, but empathize with your story by sharing with you my own. Being human with one another is a profound agent of healing.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy brings together two ideas: accepting things as they are (what we cannot control) while also motivating us to own our power to change things for the better (what we can control). The goal is to develop ‘wise mind’, or the capacity to be realistic and mindful of our situation rather that succumb to reactive behavior. DBT combines Cognitive-behavioral tenets (looking at how emotions and thoughts affect our behaviors) with Buddhist meditative practices to help people struggling with suicidality, anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, and more. The main points of DBT are: mindfulness/meditation; communicating effectively in relationships, how to better tolerate distress and cope with triggering emotions. Whether it’s learning to meditate, trying out positive self-talk, exposing themselves safely to challenging emotions, or practicing difficult conversations they want to have with loved ones, my clients find much practical use of DBT.
Art therapy in an integrative treatment orientation that blends art-making, psychology, and the healing relationship of therapy. As a Master’s-level art therapist, I provide art materials and the art process to youth and adults alike dealing with a wide range of challenges. One way to think about the use of art in therapy, is the fact that sometimes words fail us. It can be easier or make more sense to *show* who we are and what we are going through with art materials than it is to talk about these complex things. No ‘talent’ in making art is required —only an openness to explore and express yourself beyond verbal communication alone. My use of art therapy does not include diagnosing or interpreting the images you create; rather we look at how you relate with your art, what personal meanings you arrive at yourself, and how art making may become a self-care activity of your own.
Art therapy in an integrative treatment method that blends art-making, psychology, and the healing relationship of therapy. Provided by a Master’s-level clinician, art therapy provides meaningful benefits to youth and adults alike dealing with a wide range of challenges. One way to think about the use of art in therapy, is the fact that sometimes words fail us. It can be easier or make more sense to *show* who we are and what we are going through than it is to talk about these complex things. No ‘talent’ in making art is required —only an openness to explore and express yourself beyond verbal communication alone.
Looking for a stigma-free clinic for STD testing? Eager to connect to the BDSM community? Does your transition process require a signature or the name of a competent MD? Wishing to get your legal name changed? Navigating an open relationship? Raising a gender-free child? Want to practice coming out? These and so much more are difficult steps in many queer person's lives, and I'm devoted to being that guide whom I wish I personally had for my Queer milestones over the years. Not only do I uphold a stigma-free attitude about sexual behavior, expression, language, and identity, I network with other queer workers, keep abreast of related literature and research, and actively work to resolve the internalized homophobic programming of my own past.
Grief and loss has been the most influential teacher in my life. Losing a best friend to suicide, seeing my vitality shrink due to chronic illness, and thriving from past interpersonal traumas have all set me on a path to work passionately with people who are learning to say goodbye. I've worked with hospice clients during their final moments and with the bereaved (including grief workers themselves) as their loved ones are transitioning. These connections have been made in art studios, in grief circles out in nature and as intimately as bedside. Grief effects every single part of our identity, so our work will be to survive and thrive through it. My being a competent grief counselor means we will try out the Dual Processing Model, make space for your personal/cultural/spiritual/religious rituals, and use Narrative Therapy tenets to help find meaning and strength beyond grief, loss and death.