Art Therapy: I am a registered art therapist (ATR) and enjoy helping clients engage with their own creative energy to facilitate healing. This may look very different depending on the individual, but can include painting, drawing, collage-making, art journaling, photography, sewing, or sculpture/ mixed media. I generally use the “art as therapy” approach which means that the art-making process itself is healing, and the interpretation of the art piece is secondary. However, engaging with a finished piece of art to delve deeper into meaning can be quite revealing as well, so we may leave some time at the end of the session for verbal processing and dialoguing about the art. Art supplies will be available in the office or studio space, and art experience is not necessary to do art therapy.
EMDR: I have completed the basic EMDR training through the EMDR International Association. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that can help with PTSD, single traumatic incidents such as a car accident, sexual assault, surviving a violent crime, witnessing violence, as well as complex trauma (multiple traumatic incidents such as having an abusive childhood, growing up in a dangerous or dysfunctional home, surviving incest and sexual abuse, combat)
Psychedelic Integration: integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness including challenging or overwhelming psychedelic experiences. This may include dialogue, making art, body awareness, and providing ongoing resources, in either individual or group settings. Non-ordinary states may refer to those brought on through the use of psychedelics, as well as dreams, meditation, and spontaneous experiences to name a few.
*I do not offer psychedelic therapy or trip-sitting.* My connection to psychedelic integration and psychotherapy comes from my training through MAPS, as a Zendo Project and White Bird volunteer, and a participant in the therapist training program for MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy, which is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials. I can’t offer this type of therapy until it is legalized.
Addiction/ Recovery for people in recovery and seeking therapy to help with relapse prevention, and for those who think they may have a problem with substance use and want to explore the possibility of quitting or reducing use. My approach to substance use is from the harm reduction perspective, although I am trained in and very familiar with the abstinence-based model and respect those who are maintaining their recovery this way.
yoga: I am a certified yoga teacher and incorporate body awareness, breathing, and meditation to help with stress management and healing. Trauma is not only in the brain, in the form of narrative memories. It is also present in the body in patterns of movement, chronic pain, tension, digestive trouble, headaches, and many other conditions. Practicing some basic yogic breathing techniques along with body awareness meditation may be used in conjunction with EMDR during therapy sessions.
Art Therapy and Psychedelic Integration
Contact me for details. This is an ongoing monthly group. Space is limited and registration is required.
Clinical Supervision and Consultation
I offer clinical supervision for LPC interns, as well as professional consultation for therapists looking for info and support around clients who use psychedelics, and understanding the research into how psychedelics can be helpful in treating complex mental health issues.