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I am an art therapist, registered and board-certified, as well as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I teach in the graduate and undergraduate art therapy programs full-time at Seton Hill University in the Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy and the Master of Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling programs. I treasure that I was able to graduate from these very programs, move away and learn about art therapy practice and networking in the Southwest, and return to Seton Hill to disseminate what I have learned. My clinical experience is rooted in systems theories, psychodynamic theories, and evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and much of my work has been with children and families. My clinical background is diverse, making me particularly attuned to the experiences of new art therapists learning to work with clients and navigating the professional field. I worked in residential treatment facilities, one a wilderness therapeutic treatment model, in-home individual and family behavioral health, community outpatient, private practice outpatient, art therapist-in-residence, contracts with community arts organizations and outreach programs. I have created art therapy programs in community health centers, senior care organizations, private practice, and contracting organizations. My clinical application ranges from treating mental health diagnoses, social, systemic and relational issues, to community wellness. As an educator I strive to share with and guide students with practical, real-world knowledge, as well as offer opportunities for personal growth and transformation along their academic journey to becoming art therapists. I am a doctoral candidate in the professional Doctorate in Art Therapy program at Mount Mary University. My research is related to art therapists' professional development as I study the lived experiences of art therapists' transitions from graduation to art therapy board-certification. I am committed to working toward the American Art Therapy Association's strategic plan to obtain licensure state-by-state. I worked on these efforts when I served on the board of the Arizona Art Therapy Association when I was a resident of Arizona, and now in Pennsylvania.
- Master of Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling, Seton Hill University, 2009
- BA, Seton Hill University 2005
- Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association
- American Art Therapy Association