When and where did you receive your degree? 2013 from The George Washington University
What drew you to the field? When I was a sophomore in high school, my mom handed me an article in the News & Observer about these Vietnam War veterans who received art therapy to treat their PTSD. I’ve been an artist since I could pick up a crayon. I got into psychology when I was in middle and high school.
What kind of work are you doing currently? (location, type of client, etc) I work at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. I mainly work with adults with a wide range of mental illnesses and varying experiences of trauma. I occasionally cover children and adolescent groups when needed.
Are you creating your own art? Absolutely! Favorite media? Oil paint! Inspiration? Either my imagination or what is going on in the world around me. I am passionate about social justice. I also love nature, comic books, math & science, and sci-fi.
What do you like to do in your free time? Besides making art…. I collect and read comic books! I’ve written some of my own comics, but haven’t published anything… yet. I write a lot—mainly poetry. And binge watch Netflix—who doesn’t?? (And it’s mainly the Marvel and DC shows lol)
What are your hopes for art therapy in North Carolina? Licensure! And that other professionals know/recognize what art therapy actually is, respect it, and see the value in it.
Anything else? (favorite quote, etc) Favorite quote: “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” ~Marianne Emily Williamson