I still remember what I was doing when I first discovered art therapy: I was sitting in art class my junior year of high school. I was flipping absently through our textbook, which we rarely used, when I happened upon an interview with an art therapist on one of the pages. It caught my attention because I'd never heard of this job before, and I was curious. I began reading more about the field, learning about the work, and researching education opportunities. In that moment, I knew art therapy was the thing to which I was meant to dedicate my life.
In the 15 years since that day, my art therapy journey has included many stops along the road that ultimately led me to Alexandria Art Therapy. I love the unique opportunity to explore life’s challenges and create meaning through art. I believe that understanding your emotions and finding connections to the world around you are some of the most valuable experiences we can have.
I work in substance abuse treatment because we understand so little about it. Treating substance abuse is hard work, but it's also incredibly rewarding and valuable. We think of substance use as a character flaw, a mistake, a physical addiction that our bodies crave. But why can't it be more than that? Why can't it be a way to cope with things we'd rather avoid? Why can't it bring comfort to a hopeless situation? Why can't it be a way to escape a world that feels lonely, bleak, and confusing? When we look at substance use under the lens of many microscopes, we see that there are many possibilities for the "why" and the "how," and we start to discover some of the answers to the "what next?"