Licensed Art Therapist
LPC, LCAT, ATR-BC
Supervisor: James Gurule, MA, LPC
Through art and talk therapy, we can explore what you've been through, where you are now, and develop a path toward where you want to be.
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2018
Art therapy has been shown to be especially beneficial for treating anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and eating disorders. What clients experiencing these symptoms might have in common is a tendency to avoid or suppress emotional pain, disconnecting from bodily sensations, and a desire for over-control. Through the creative art process, clients can improve confidence, communication, flexibility, distress tolerance skills, emotional regulation, strengthen the mind-body connection, and so much more.
Anxiety is a normal, developmental stress response that can sometimes go into overdrive, causing us to feel excessive worry and dread about our present and future experiences. I help individuals learn how to understand, manage, and work with their anxiety to live a more balanced, meaningful life. Art therapy can be especially helpful for anxiety treatment because the art process is inherently therapeutic, and the art product offers a safe outlet to support your emotions, worries, and fears.
Trauma symptoms can come from a single event (acute), repeated or prolonged exposure (chronic), or exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events (complex). I use art therapy, narrative-storytelling techniques, the mind-body connection, and the therapeutic relationship itself to help folks emotionally process and make meaning from living through a variety of traumatic experiences.
I worked in a PHP/IOP eating disorders program for 2 years. Now, as an outpatient eating disorders therapist, I work with adolescents and adults in recovery for Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, ARFID, and many varieties of Unspecified eating disorders. I understand that eating disorders are always more than 'just eating.' I support individuals in healing the roots that led to the onset/development of their eating disorders, so longer-lasting recovery and maintenance can be achieved.
An adjustment disorder is an emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event or change in a person's life. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global stressor that may lead to increased anxiety, depression, isolation, loneliness, confusion, and fear. I'd love to help you process the ways you've been impacted by the pandemic, and support you with adjusting to this new normal.
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