Meet Our Externs and Interns

Krystal Mairs, MA, LPCC


As an art therapist and registered psychotherapist, I am excited to travel the journey of self-exploration and creativity with my clients. I believe that creativity is a basic part of human nature. I am honored to be a part of the Boulder Art Therapy Collective because we work to make this an experience available to everyone. The BATC is an inspiring group of art therapists to work with, and I look forward everyday to spreading the joyful and healing nature of art-making to people in the community.

Danielle Swaser, MA, LPCC


I am a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado and a recent graduate from the Art Therapy Master's program at Naropa University. Art has always been a huge part of my life and it has been wonderful to be able to share the healing nature of the creative art process with others. I am privileged to be a part of the Boulder Art Therapy Collective because it is a sanctuary for all of the community's artists to have a place. It also provides an honored, creative space where the relationships with others, and the relationship with the self can grow and thrive.

Susan Bertram, MA, LPCC


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!

Tess Sparkman


I am finishing my masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and completing internship hours at the Boulder Art Therapy Collective. I have a strong background in photography and ceramics that helps to inform me as an artistic counselor. I continuously explore other mediums with my clients and shares in the excitement of discovering new ways to artistically express oneself. Art has always been a passion for me, and I especially enjoy sharing the love with those who find solace in creation and those who are even hesitant to begin. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone is a uniquely expressive artist and I aim to guide clients to the core of their creativity and self-awareness.

Molly Anne Hirsch Kobus, MA


I am a currently working towards my Master’s in School Counseling and I am completing my practicum at the Boulder Art Therapy Collective. I have my Master’s in elementary education and have been in the schools for the last nine years as a classroom teacher, intervention teacher, and a teacher coach. Art has always been a big part of my life and I am excited to see how I can use art therapy with my students as a School Counselor. I look forward to creating art and healing while working the with BATC community!

Kathryn Knisely


I am in my second year of graduate school in Art Therapy at Naropa University and will be completing my Practicum at the Boulder Art Therapy Collective. Having taught Middle and High School Fine Arts in Western Washington I have experience with many different mediums. I believe that art allows us to communicate with our creative senses and I am excited to learn, grow, while in community at the Boulder Art Therapy Collective. I have a passion to work with diverse communities, and hope to use Art Therapy with LBGTQ youth.

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