I received a MA in clinical mental health counseling and art therapy and a certificate in trauma counseling from Antioch University Seattle. I use a trauma lens in my work with clients, which essentially means that I believe that our actions, choices, and even mental health concerns intend to protect us from greater harm. Part of our work together is to recognize how we have been protecting ourselves and find other ways that can serve us better. I utilize artmaking in my practice, because art offers a gateway to deeper understanding, insight, communication, and healing. Art therapy is about the process, not the final product, and it can look like a stick figure, a simple square, or a complex and life-like image, depending on the client's choice. In addition, I utilize person-centered, narrative, and attachment approaches in therapy.