I have found through my personal and professional work that intuitive art processes can open doors not only to the realm of my own suppressed memories, but also to the realms of the body, the ancestors, and the forces that guided them. I have studied and travelled with the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, from whom I learned the power of ritual, ceremony and the importance of honoring the ancestors as our guides and mentors. Through these teachers and modalities, I have developed a deep respect for the most important ancestor that we all share: our original Mother, the Earth.
I am a registered and board certified, art therapist. I am also an ordained Minister of Walking Prayer (through the Center for Sacred Studies). My passion is facilitating the reawakening of the creative Self in each of us. Art making has been an important component of my own healing process. Working with imagery gave me a window into parts of myself that had remained hidden for years. I was inspired to earn my Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee in 2005. I have served as an art therapist in behavioral health settings, long term care facilities, and with individuals of all ages. I enjoyed my role as a SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer for 8 years. I love working with therapists, chaplains, spiritual directors, counselors, teachers, and enthusiasts from widely varied backgrounds from all parts of the world. I encourage each participant in my workshops to identify and bring their unique gifts and talents to their work. My work with many populations in a wide variety of settings, has taught me that there are no limits to the ways the creative process can be adapted to the needs of each individual.