Having been raised by a mother who is a skilled artist and a father who is a critical thinker it is not a surprise that I found myself pursuing a career in the arts and psychology. I was raised to understand the value of a challenge while respecting myself and others within my community.
Having graduated from Adler I feel strongly about advocating for others through community engagement and social interest. As an instructor, clinical counselor, and registered art therapist it is at my core to empower others to critically explore concepts within their daily lives and clinical practice, and take action against oppressive constructs. Intellectual freedom, mutual respect, and collaboration are approaches I strive to achieve in each of my classrooms as I believe there is great importance to my students taking ownership of the material that is being taught.
I am a hands-on experiential learner by nature and I make every effort to incorporate this dynamic learning in conjunction with self-reflection into my instruction with students. I believe in exploring complex concepts using both literature discussion and shared experience to encourage relevance in learning that is tangible and applicable. A goal of mine is to help facilitate continuity between classes and material so that each student will gain a sense of self-efficacy, and feel well-rounded and ready to apply their knowledge to their professional work.
I am a professional who uses both counseling techniques and art therapy techniques, and I am a proponent of being a skilled professional in both. Through my instruction, my students will gain strong knowledge in the areas of counseling and art therapy so that they feel ready to fully serve their clients in both clinical settings in which they will be diagnosing, completing clinical documentation, and processing art as well as studio settings.