I am interested in helping my clients move through and transform difficult and traumatic life transitions in order to create a meaningful existence and hope for their life’s purpose. I have 25 years of experience working with many courageous people dealing with a variety of issues. I am comfortable working with children, adolescents and adults, couples and families.
I am a licensed professional counselor with training and experience in art therapy. I have worked with individual clients and groups addressing grief and loss, life review, dementia, addictions, boundaries, and more. I have also lead classes using art to help children discover insights and support for themes including adoption, personal identity, and sensory issues. I believe in art therapy as a medium for the client to reclaim power, make meaning and integrate experience.
I am an art therapist, SoulCollage facilitator, author, and mixed-media artist, not to mention the mother of four lively and talented children. Having worked professionally with diverse populations in environments ranging from a criminal law office to a prison to a Veterans Affairs hospital to an inner city elementary school, I have developed deep insight into universal aspects of the human experience. I am fluent in Spanish. My passions include: the welfare of children, nature, and the visual arts, which I incorporated into my debut book: “With You: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One.” Enjoy!
"One of the things I love the most about being an art therapist is the privilege to assist clients in landscaping their internal garden, exploring new ways to be and bringing forth positive change in their daily lives. I have worked as an art therapist in different divisions of the Italian Mental Health System, where, among other experiences, I led groups of adults with psychosis, ran an art therapy studio within a facility for the treatment of autism, helped women hone their parenting skills and worked with victims of abuse. I grew up in Italy, where I achieved a BA and MA in Clinical Psychology and a license as Art Therapist and Expressive Psychotherapist. Being an expat brought me a deep interest in mental health issues related to immigration and deepened my comprehension of trauma and grief, as well as of any life transition."
I am a hypoallergenic Mini Labradoddle. I live to make others feel better and so happy to be part of the Collective. I am friendly, warm and I love clowning. I help my partners at the Collective by making folks feel welcomed and loved.