Expression, connection, acceptance and growth.
After 22 years of teaching art I have realized how empathic and collaborative relationships can have a dramatic impact on personal development. I started noticing the depth and transformative nature of some of my student-teacher relationships. I saw that I had an ability to connect with others and to nurture in them metacognitive and creative growth. In some students, even personal and emotional growth. At many points I have felt like a counselor as an art teacher. Helping people find acceptance, a voice, catharsis, develop self-worth and personal identity, wrestling with the past and finding themselves anew. Through these experiences, I have found a powerful calling to counseling.
I have broad interests in helping people through creative stuckness and hardship whether it be grief, illness, depression, anxiety, periods of transition or change, ranging in ages from 13-113 years old. I have a transgender son and I am big advocate and ally for the LGBTQ population and their families. I have a strength-based and positive, person-centered philosophy. Family, cycling, art, music, disc golf and mushroom foraging are my personal passions outside of work.