I believe everyone is an artist, has a story worth telling, and deserves to be heard. Art therapy is about the process, not the product.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX
Supervised by Monica Urbaniak, LMFT-S
I have experience working in domestic and sexual violence at a nonprofit agency called Brighter Tomorrows. I also specialize in early childhood abuse and PTSD/Complex-PTSD that often is a result of such maltreatment.
In doing attachment-based work, I find the therapeutic relationship to be a number one priority. I believe that our childhood development and experiences have come to shape our personalities and relationships. I also believe in the neuroplasticity and flexibility of the brain to unlearn, relearn, and reshape thoughts, beliefs, and patterns.
Trauma is stored in the part of the brain that is not connected to logic, reason, and language. For this reason, EMDR, art therapy, and body-based tools (yoga, breathing) are amazing tools for accessing, healing, and reprocessing distressing events, memories, or body sensations.
I have a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Art Therapy Psychology. I have integrated art therapy in individual, couple, and family work. Art therapy is not just for children and has benefits for people of all ages from different backgrounds.
I practice mainly using attachment-based Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. This means that I believe the language we use shapes the story we tell ourselves and, in turn, how we relate to others. By cultivating awareness and openness around our stories, we begin to shift our narrative to a story of resiliency, self-compassion, and confidence to be the best version of ourselves.