In my youth in New York and Wisconsin, my parents and our extended family friends, who were primarily artists and teachers, taught me the value of creativity, humor, inquiry, education, and service to others. As a small child, I was very sensitive to others’ moods and well being, and curious about what made the universe tick. When adults asked what I was going to be when I grew up, I said that I wanted to be either a social worker or a psychologist, so I could help people. After working in the arts and studying art, healing, spirituality, and human nature for decades, I benefitted from attending a series of personal growth seminars, and realized during my mid-life crisis/opportunity years that I finally had at least the beginnings of the experience, perspective, and insight needed to become a professional counselor. After returning to college as a (slightly) more mature student, I now have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Degree from Sonoma State University, and am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist.
I have been fortunate to have some wonderful teachers. Under the mentorship of first the late great Dr. Mark Doolittle, and most recently the living and still very active Tom Newell MFT, I interned at SOS Community Counseling in Santa Rosa for 4 years, providing free and low-fee counseling to under-served community members. I have also worked at two local school districts as a grade school counselor, and I continue to work part time at a local elementary school, acquiring clinical hours for my LPCC (nationally recognized counseling license), enjoying play and art therapy, and constantly learning from the compassionate staff and resilient, resourceful students.
I have worked in Wisconsin and Vermont as a graphic artist, and an artists’ publicist and representative, for musicians, filmmakers, and recording producers, and since 1993 I have had my own business in California painting silk wearable art. The flowing meditative process of painting silk is vey healing for me, and the scarves and clothing I paint and then sell at craft shows are intended to carry a feeling of peace, confidence and inspiration to the person who wears them. Over time I have delighted in the conversations with my clients in my silk booth at street markets and fairs, first along the Central coast, and now Sonoma County, and the many wonderful people who have returned over the years to see my new art and continue our conversations have inspired me to follow my dream to become a professional therapist so I can have more conversations dedicated to the healing, transformation, personal growth and evolution of my counseling clients.
Utilizing art, play, humor, creative “out-of-the box” thinking, and respectful listening, I specialize in working with women and children (of all ages), and I appreciate the opportunity to be a sounding board, support, advocate and collaborative co–agent of change for people struggling with becoming free of both inner and outer obstacles to progress in realizing their visions. I am delighted to finally be able to blend the healing qualities of art and the art of therapy into this next chapter of life adventures, and if you find my approach intriguing, I would be honored to work with you.