I have always been interested in people, wondering why they do what they do. My curiosity of people and my love of art, led me to becoming an art therapist. Using art within therapy is a way to gain new insights, access unconscious thoughts and better understand emotions because it is using another part of the brain that talk therapy alone cannot. I incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) because it is a powerful technique to change negative thinking. I am a believer because it helped me with anxiety, depression & PTSD. Another approach that I include is Internal Family Systems (IFS). This system helps to de-stigmatize mental health by seeing that we have many 'parts', we are not just anxious, worried, sad, stressed, awkward, weird, etc. We are also creative, smart, strong, kind, loving, & on and on. IFS operates under the assumption that we are all good, whole, positive, & strong individuals. We just need to better understand our 'parts' in order to feel better.