Director of the Boulder Art Therapy Collective
I have been working in the mental health field for over 25 years, working with various populations in a variety of settings, including people struggling with mood disorders, learning disorders, grief and loss, trauma, addictions, relationship issues, self image and creativity. I work with children, teens and adults, couples and families. I find inspiration in a variety of modalities that includes art therapy, existential therapy, Jungian, Gestalt, cognitive therapies, somatic work and mindfulness training.
As a practicing artist myself I understand and deeply trust the healing potential and satisfaction that the art making process brings. I have found time and time again through my own art making process a deeper acceptance and appreciation for myself, others and the world we inhabit together.
Besides working alongside my clients in my practice I am also Associate Professor at Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology where I teach in the Transpersonal Psychology program. I graduated from Naropa University in 1995 with a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy.
In 2011 I spearheaded the creation of the Naropa Community Art Studio- International (NCAS-I), a sustainable service-learning project. The mission of this project is to bring art therapy practices into international populations working toward social justice and human rights issues. For the past 3 years I have led month long trips to Cambodia with my students to work with local NGO’s that shelter women and children rescued from domestic violence, extreme poverty and the sex trafficking industry. The intention behind this work is to bring to awareness and engender deep compassion for the plight of the Cambodian people complicated by years of historical and generational trauma, while offering art therapy practices and trainings to the clinical teams of our partner organizations in Cambodia. You can see some of writings about this work by me and my students at www.ncasi.wordpress.com
I present locally and nationally about the efficacy of art therapy, particularly as it relates to healing trauma and sustaining communities. I continue to be dedicated to my own art process, my dream life, my family and my furry animals to sustain me. I hold a strong held belief in the hope of “human-kindness,” to ease the suffering in the world.
To learn more about Sue’s professional work, please visit here.