I am an inspirational, curious, warm and insightful NYer art therapist with roots in the Indigenous Taino tribe.
Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
Supervised by Brittany Knapp, LCAT, ATR
I blend cognitive-behavioral techniques and nervous system regulation training such as mindfulness practices with an exploration of the underlying causes of distress from family of origin dynamics. We explore triggers and how to manage them together.
I prioritize creating safe spaces where survivors can access their natural resilience to promote healing from interpersonal violence, childhood abuse, and grief from tragic disasters and losses, and breakups. I use trauma informed practice such as providing choices in client led sessions.
I am trained in best practices for suicide prevention. I blend cognitive-behavioral techniques with an exploration using art therapy prompts such as creating a coping skills box to use when experiencing a mood episode or creating depression as a monster and processing what time of day it strikes, in what environment, how it feels, etc. to externalize the problem. I also support clients in expanding their support system to neutralize the effects that withdrawal due to depression can have.
I provide a compassionate, playful and non-judgemental environment to help folks of diverse sexual orientations explore their curiosity and experiences of alternative relationships. I incorporate personal wisdom and sexuality research into guiding clients to formulate their partner agreements and communicate their deepest desires and needs to guide open relationships and ethical non-monogamy lifestyles.
Art making through open studio approach where clients can use art materials to express themselves and process with therapist verbally. Art making through directive approach where therapist offers a prompt based on discussion to address goals.
Connection thoughts with feelings and behaviors. Learning to reframe negative thinking patters.
Telling one's trauma narrative and examining negative core beliefs that have emerged through the traumatic experience. Reframing these negative core beliefs and then learning how to promote safety and use healthy coping skills to manage trauma reminders.