I earned my Masters of Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with an emphasis on Art therapy and Marriage and Family therapy and a specialization in interpersonal neuroscience. In my undergraduate education at UCLA, I originally trained as a graphic artist, filmmaker and photographer. After working in the design field for over 10 years I desired to make more of an impact in the lives of others and the community.
The experience that inspired me to become an art therapist occurred while I was teaching children art. One afternoon I was teaching one of the children and he uncovered a traumatic event and then covered the entire paper with magazine clippings. At this point I realized how powerful the process of creating artwork was and I desired to become an art therapist. I went back to school, to gain a minor in psychology and became eligible for my Masters in Psychology to fulfill my passion to become an art therapist.
The populations that I have worked with include: individuals, couples, families, groups, the geriatric population, at-risk youth, teens who are severely emotionally disturbed, Latino families, LGTBQ individuals and youth, trauma survivors, addicts of all types and people who struggle with their identity.
I believe in working holistically, and finding a client’s strengths to help them to thrive and make changes in their lives. I have a particular interest in working with self-harm, trauma, anxiety, addiction, communication issues, and self-image. Being an art therapist and marriage and family therapist fulfills my need to work within the community, by helping others to achieve insight and inner growth.