My path to becoming an art therapist and healer began with my own recovery from childhood trauma. This journey began some 30 years ago, when I was a young mother myself. I knew that I wanted more than anything, to be the mother that my children deserved, and I knew that I needed help. My quest began with the twelve steps of Al-Anon. The spiritual nature of this program awakened me to the possibility of something bigger than my personality Self. I then was fortunate to find some wonderful therapists and healers in my area. I found that my most profound and meaningful method of expression was with crayons and my non-dominant hand. Art materials were my most potent tools as I moved through the process of accessing the many feelings and parts of me that had been silent since my childhood. I decided that I wanted to become an art therapist, and several years later I was able to make this dream come true by earning my Master’s Degree in Art Therapy at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee WI.
I also continued to study and experience the power of metaphysical teachings, and transformational and soul-based psychology. My journey took me to Austin, TX where over a period of two years I studied with Jaquelyn Small of Eupsychia Institute and earned my certification in Integrative Breathwork and Soul-based Psychology in 2006.
I found SoulCollage® through the book written by Seena Frost in 2001, and immediately knew that this was the perfect process to integrate all that I was experiencing and learning. So, I went to Santa Cruz, CA and took the facilitator training in 2005 with Seena. I began teaching this powerful intuitive collage process in 2005, and have never stopped. I was asked to become a trainer for facilitators of this method in 2009 and served in this role for eight years.
In 2012 I was inspired by the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, and became a student of their work by pursuing ordination as a Minister of Walking Prayer through the Center for Sacred Studies based in Guerneville, CA. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity serve the Grandmothers on some of their travels. In addition, I have been drawn to studying Sound Healing techniques, Reiki, and working with the Akaschic Records.
I have served patients of psychiatric hospitals, participants in AODA and eating disorder recovery programs, patients and residents of long-term care facilities, and have worked with many adults like myself who know that there is something more that is yearning to express through us. I love watching the faces of workshop participants light up as they discover new pieces of their incredibly gifted Selves. It is my joy and my passion to serve as a muse and guide to those who would walk the path that I travel.
The process of healing for me has been a process of learning to recognize and become familiar with my own Soul, and making a home for this essential piece of Spirit in my unique body. I am still in the process of growing and learning.
I hope that you will find some inspiration, some processes, and most of all some ways to connect with and know your wonderful creative Self on a deeper lever. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that recovering a sense of joy, wonder and comfort while living in your body, as your authentic Self, is worth the journey.