If youAccording to the American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy is defined as "an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change."
As an art therapist based in Kampala, Uganda, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The George Washington University. I'm a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC #17-394), a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC #13425), and a Board Certified Counselor (NCC #870720) with over twelve years of experience developing trauma-informed programming, facilitating ethical and anti-racist communication strategies, and providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services to individuals and groups in outpatient behavioral health and community based settings in the United States (US), Uganda (UG), and Ethiopia (ET). I'm a dedicated practitioner with demonstrated skill set in providing person-centered and strengths-based theoretical approaches across a wide variety of populations including but not limited to youth and adults facing homelessness, trauma, intellectual and developmental disabilities, inpatient pediatric treatment, grief and loss, humanitarian burnout, in and outpatient oncology treatment, anxiety, adoption and attachment issues, depression and suicidality, LGBTQ issues, and postpartum issues.