I have been using the creative process inherent in art making as a source of expression, joy, refuge, and self-understanding throughout my life. My early interest in communicating and finding meaning through the combination of images and words lead me to pursue a graphic design degree as an undergraduate in college.
After working in the design field for several years, I felt driven to work more directly with people and to use myself as a tool in a meaningful way. Following my passion for art and a deep interest in psychology, I earned a Masters in Art Therapy from New York University.
As an art therapist in New York City, I have worked with a diversity of populations, in a variety of clinical settings, including an outpatient mental health clinic, a residential healthcare and drug treatment facility for adults living with AIDS, an outpatient substance abuse clinic, and several community based programs for children. My experience has emphasized issues stemming from childhood sexual/physical/emotional abuse, ptsd, grief and loss, and addiction. I have supervised graduate art therapy student interns for many years and in addition to clinical work, I am currently on the advisory board of Fashion Fights Cancer.
This field provides the opportunity to constantly grow personally and professionally. I am committed to expanding my knowledge and skill set by doing postgraduate training and continuing education courses and workshops.
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT)
New York State Education Department, (License #001148)
Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Art Therapy Credentials Board, (Registration #07-057)
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
State of NY Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, (Credential #26497)
New York University, MA, Art Therapy
University of Notre Dame, BA, Graphic Design
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, Currently in Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair
National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute, Trauma Courses
William Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Certificate of Training