Creativity. Compassion. Humor. Community. Adventure and Exploration. I strive to incorporate these values into my life as much as possible. Professionally speaking, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am also a Board Certified Art Therapist. I have worked in many different non-profit settings as a therapist, counselor, and evaluator. I have also spent a significant amount of time working in the private sector.
On a more personal note, I love creating things and encouraging creativity in others. This may take the form of making art, cooking, building, or problem solving. Humor is a necessary part of my life--it helps lighten the mood and create meaningful experiences and memories. My humor of choice is making puns.
I think creating and participating in community is an integral part of enjoying life. I am involved in community non-profits and I spend a lot of time with family and friends. I aim to show compassion to those around me and encourage compassion in others both in my personal and professional lives.
I enjoy adventure and exploration—I like to try new things, travel, and meet new people. These experiences feed my curiosity, educate me, and enrich my life.
- Master of Arts, Psychology, Antioch University in Seattle, dual emphasis in Child, Couple and Family Therapy and Art Therapy
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California in San Diego, minor degrees In Visual Arts and Sociology
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT)
- American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
- Evergreen Art Therapy Association (EATA), President (2014-2015)
Research & Publications
- “Art Making as a Component and Facilitator of Resiliency with Adolescents without Homes,” presented at 2005 AATA convention with Bryce Bailey, Banu Sekendur and Janice Hoshino
- “Art Making as a Component and Facilitator of Resiliency with Homeless Youth,”published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Vol. 25, Number 4, 2008.