Our therapy dog in training. Saia brings quite the personality to our office. Saia is a November baby, loves fetch, and LOVES bones!
MAAT, LPC-A, ATR-P
Throughout my life there have been many defining moments that have led me to realize that I wanted to be an Art Therapist. The first, and most significant moment, took place at the age of four, when I realized that art would forever be my way of expressing myself and navigating the world around me. As art became the way that I coped, expressed myself, healed, transformed, and grew, I realized how much good that art could do in the world and in my dreams of helping others through art; this only grew throughout my life.
I graduated from Salve Regina University with my BA in Administration of Justice and with a minor in Studio Art, and from Albertus Magnus College with my MA in Art Therapy and Counseling. I have explored coursework in Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina University.
I have worked in both non-therapeutic and therapeutic settings with individuals of all ages, backgrounds and with different diagnoses. During my time as a Pre-K para-professional and during my time as graduate art therapy intern at the CT Veterans Hospital and VinFen Art Connections Studio, I worked independently, with multidisciplinary teams and with various treatment modalities with children, adults, and seniors to help improve mental health and support recovery.
Throughout all these experiences, I have come to realize the magic, the healing, and the therapeutic role that art can have on each individuals' journey towards improved well-being, mental health, and recovery. My approach combines the beliefs and practices of Psychoanalytic, Existential, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with an art-based process that promote self-expression, self-reflection, and mindfulness.