I have enjoyed art my entire life, both observing the art making process, viewing the final products, and creating art for myself. Within my own artistic journey I was also able to tap into the healing and meaning making that occurs within the creative process, a form of healing that I believed should be shared with others. Aware of my various interests, a high school teacher of mine recommended I read a book on art therapy, as he believed it would combine my passions and my different academic interests. In that moment I knew I had found my calling and my future.
In graduate school, my internship experiences and coursework reinforced my passion for the field of art therapy, and helped me to develop my clinical identity. Here I developed a strong interest in working with individuals who need additional tools and support to overcome trauma and stress in their lives. As I began the work I quickly realized that trauma and stress impact all of us to some degree, altering the way feel think, feel, and interact with the world around us. Without proper support trauma can create a heavy burden that is hard to carry, but within support lies the potential for safety, empowerment, and healing. My desire to do this work has continued throughout my professional career and has led me to pursue additional trauma-specific treatment certifications.