My path to becoming a therapist was a winding one. It was something that found me as I was discovering who I was and how I wanted to be in the world. Even as a child I had a quest for knowledge and desire to know the answer to possibly unanswerable questions. I was also in love with making things which drew my to study art. I gravitated toward sculpture because there is something so interesting to me about how objects inhabit space and how people then navigate that space. It always seemed similar to the way people navigate and negotiate being in relationship with others. I find creating a place of healing, a way to try and make sense of your surroundings and relationships to others. The creative process to me is similar to therapy as it is a way of exploring self and making sense of your world.
I taught and made art for many years before coming to a place of reckoning with myself. I decide to re- immerse myself in my study of yoga and meditation and took time off to fully sit with myself and get to know the parts of myself I had been ignoring. Joseph Campbell calls this journey or call to adventure the “Hero’s Journey” and it can take us to many unexpected places if we let it. I decided to study to be a yoga teacher and as I was training I realized what I loved about yoga the most was the philosophy, the wise advice, myths and stories about how to live life. This drew me finally to wanting to put all of this together and work in a profession where I could help guide people through the blocks that keep them from fully engaging in life. I am excited to be growing my practice in the eclectic and diverse east side of Los Angeles and recently opening a second office on the westside in what is being referred to as Silcion Beach.
I have taught art for over 15 years and still teach a public few classes when time allows. I was very excited to bring together my love of creating and the personal growthwith my Creative Therapy workshops. Which I am teaching at various institutions around town.
Education and Training:
Antioch University Los Angeles, MA in Clinical Psychology, Specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology
Claremont Graduate University, MFA in Sculpture
University of Iowa, BFA in Fibers and Sculpture
Jungian Sandplay: Individuation as seen in Sandplay Processes, 10 month intensive program, Jung Institute Los Angeles
UCLA Extension, Play, Creativity, Mindfulness & Neuroscience in Psychotherapy
YogaWorks 200 Hour Teacher Training