I’m a Black Femme born and raised in Chicago and currently works as a licensed professional counselor, art therapist, and artist. My clinical work and art practice often explore the intersections of art and mental health, primarily in BIPOC communities. Utilizing art to shift narratives around healing, mental health, and creating spaces where exploration and re-imagination are valued. Most of my visual work is informed by my lived experience as a Black woman, artist, and therapist. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a range of people across the lifespan in community, correctional, and nonprofit settings.
I received my master’s in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago.
I’m committed to a person-centered approach to healing with a focus on intergenerational cultural trauma that acknowledges the multiple systems of oppression and the impact those systems have on our emotional, mental, and physical well-being. I believe in collaborating with people with hopes of co-creating brave spaces that invite multiple perspectives, active listening, and opportunities for growth and healing to occur. Using art as a means to fostering connections, empower, and amplify their voices, experiences, and expression.
Applying my training as art therapist and artist to support individuals with discovering or engaging with their creative process and self-expression. My therapy practice seeks to promote person-centered and culturally responsive care through an intersectional approach. Weaving traditional talk therapy with elements of art therapy and creative expression, all based on what each individual prefers. Art therapy differs greatly from an art lesson and is grounded in the knowledge of human development, psychological theories and counseling techniques. Art therapy is can be beneficial for anyone navigating obstacles, who would like to express emotions, improve focus, relaxation, and self-exploration.