I am a woman-identified artist working primarily in photography. My work is unapologetically personal and relational; it has explored my experiences as an entry-level employee at a residential treatment center, my relationship with my body after recovering from an eating disorder, and my love for my girlfriend. My photographs represent an amalgam of experience, memory, and imagination; this is the source of their authenticity. My work is informed by my training as an Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Art Therapist Statement
I am committed to providing therapy that is strengths-based and collaborative. I believe that growth occurs primarily in the context of trusting relationships; therefore, co-creating secure client-therapist relationships is vital to my practice. I am conscientious of how gender identity, sexual orientation, race, class, and dis/ability impact my clients and the therapeutic relationship. I recognize that clients develop problems within the context of the social world.
As an art therapist, I am able to facilitate therapy using a wide variety of media. Talking is only one of these media through which we understand ourselves and each other. Art can communicate information that is otherwise difficult to verbalize. In addition to the art product, a client’s approach to artmaking can be a valuable window into their life. I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, and mindfulness techniques.
What is Art Therapy?
According to the American Art Therapy Association (2017), "Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship."
American Art Therapy Association. (2017, June). About art therapy. American Art Therapy Association. https://arttherapy.org/about-art-therapy/