Audrey and Seena at the Labyrinth

Audrey and Seena at the 2011 SoulCollage(R) Facilitators Conference in Baltimore

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.