About My Clients
Are you in a place of attempting to identify how you want to live in the world while navigating the emotional stressors of questioning "Who am I?". Finding ways to be our most authentic selves can be challenging when beliefs of who we "should" be get in the way, especially as teens/young adults. Engaging in creative expression can help build curiosity and empower you to find more grounded connections to yourself, and it is my goal to support you in that process.
My Background and Approach
Sometimes, we don't give enough time to address the array of oppressive systems that effect our health and wellbeing. In my practice, my goal is for you to develop awareness of how these systems impact your sense of self and relationships to others/the world around us. In using a trauma focused lens, I invite you to explore parts of your identity you wish to embody and become more authentically aligned with, whether this be gender, race, ability, sexuality, etc. My years of training have helped me to build an approach that encompasses the diverse ways in which creativity can tap into and begin to heal the trauma we hold in our bodies. As an art therapist, I focus on using a range of art materials and movement to invite expression and emotional release. Often, artmaking can tap into alternative ways of releasing the emotional weight we carry in our physical selves. I also use a playful approach by incorporating elements of nerd culture and TTPRG gaming to tap into metaphor as healing.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that healing cannot be done on a solely individual level and that systems of oppression contribute widely to what we view as mental illness. Community is just as important to how we heal our needs. I also acknowledge in the healing process that we as therapists, being human, also make mistakes, thus it is important to acknowledge those moments within mistakes so I can better work with you and support your needs. I follow and am engaged in groups that focus on engaging in therapy practices that center liberation for Black, Brown, Indigenous, and AAPI communities, as well as rights for trans/non-binary communities. I make this an open conversation for all of my clients.