According 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."
I am a Board Certified Art Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor based in Nairobi, Kenya. I have over nine years of experience conducting both in person and virtual, individual and group, art therapy and psychotherapy sessions with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in behavioral health outpatient settings and community based settings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Swaziland, Iraq, and Panama. Additionally, I have over thirteen years of experience developing child protection policies and trauma-informed programming, facilitating ethical communications strategies, as well as providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and psychological first aid (PFA) services globally.
I have a history of working across a wide variety of populations including but not limited to substance abuse; homelessness; trauma; burnout; intellectual and developmental disabilities; grief and loss; oncology treatment; anxiety; transracial and transnational foster care, adoption, and attachment issues; depression and suicidality; LGBTQIA+ issues; reproductive and perinatal issues; as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment. I operate from person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed theoretical frameworks and currently specialize in grief and loss, trauma, burnout, as well as reproductive and perinatal mental health. I earned my 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.
If you are located in the United States and interested in virtual mental health services, you can book an online session HERE. If you are located outside of the United States, you can inquire about mental health services HERE.