I am a creative writer, a fine artist/illustrator working in mixed media and fiber arts, and a Mental Health Therapist with a specialization in Art Therapy. I am also experienced as a class instructor or group workshop facilitator.
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Since 2007, I have worked as a mental health counselor and art therapist, with experience helping adults, frail elders, special populations, and children age 6 and up. I have also done direct care for adults with disabilities and severe or persistent mental illnesses.
My theoretical background for my practice encompasses humanistic and cognitive-behavioral techniques, integrated with alternative healing and/or creative practices where appropriate.
From 2009-2011, I hosted creative group workshops and art events at Secret Hideout Studio, in the Hawthorne/Belmont area of Portland, OR. I hope to eventually expand this trial run into a cooperative healing arts practice that focuses on art and healing/creative healing modalities.
As a practicing artist, I have been creating, exhibiting and selling 2/D and mixed media work in Portland, OR since 2005. I have been showing my work in visual art and original wearables/jewelry design since a young age.
I have been journaling and keeping a creative journal and travel diary since a young age. From 2006 to the present, I have written poetry and performed in a variety of venues in Chicago, IL and Portland, OR including the now-notorious No Exit Cafe's "In One Ear" open mic, Lounge Ax, Morseland Theater, as well as Portland's The Blue Note, Broadway Books, Multnomah County Library, and more. I was recently cited as "an important person in the Portland poetry scene" by Oregon's Poet Laureate, Walt Curtis. I have a few publications in...
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On-Call Addictions Therapist
2009 - 2010
Assessment, group & individual therapy, and referral of clients suffering from substance abuse, addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Includes work with special populations, such as...
Protocall Services, Inc
Clinical Specialist II
2007 - 2009
Assessment, crisis stabilization, brief counseling, coordination
of care, and referral services for clients of EAP's & Community Mental Health
agencies in the US and Canada via telephone....
Providence ElderPlace in Laurelhurst
2006 - 2007
providing adjunctive Art Therapy to frail elders in a day
treatment/clinic setting. Program planning, Art Therapy assessment, treatment
planning, participation in interdisciplinary meetings,...
2005 - 2006
Academic internship experience leading art activity groups for children & teens with multiple MH, behavioral and learning challenges in a milieu day program. Program planning, coordination of care,...