I have four main passions—the arts, psychology, education and spirituality—my life’s work is synthesizing these four fields into a unified whole by helping people wake up to the deepest truth of who they are and what they were brought into this world to do.
I have worked as an expressive arts counselor, arts educator and creativity coach. I received my master’s in counseling psychology and expressive arts therapy in 2007 from California Institute of Integral Studies, moved to Mexico in 2008, gave birth to my son in 2009, and founded the organization ART FOR LIFE in 2011. I draw upon a lifetime of working in the arts as an artist/performer, designer and event organizer. I grew up in Brooklyn and worked and studied for many years as a professional actress in NYC. I received my BA from Oberlin College in Art and East Asian Studies. I am also a writer, blogger, musician and multimedia artist. I have a deep love of improvisation in all its forms.
My mission is to bring the lesser-known world of expressive arts therapy into the mainstream—to show that everyone needs, and anyone can—-make use of the arts in order to create a more balanced self, and therefore, balanced world. Humanity has a basic need to dance, sing, act, draw, and tell stories. This is what children do naturally—and creative expression should not stop when we enter elementary school—as it too often does. My mission is to return the arts from being limited to a group of highly specialized individuals to the realm of all people. The expressive arts are a vital accompaniment to the inner work we all need to do in order to access the fullness of our human potential. It is through our inner work that we can discover and develop the juiciest parts of ourselves—our creativity, imagination, passion, intuition, and compassion.
CREATIVE GROWTH SESSIONS
If your desire is to light your inner fire, to heal and reclaim lost parts of your self, to create a more authentic life—one that reflects your core values and deepest passions—then creative growth sessions are for you. I believe that each of us was born into a unique destiny, and this destiny speaks to us in the language of the soul, and it is up to us to develop our intuitive and imaginative powers in order receive these vital messages.
In our sessions, we will look deeply into the peak moments of your history in order to discover your callings. We will also take a compassionate look into your shadow selves—the forgotten gold of your personality—and discover how this forgotten link can recover your vitality. This process of discovering your callings and reclaiming your shadow will give us the materials we need to create the alchemy of change necessary for you to grow into your destiny.
For both my group classes and individual sessions, I have developed two styles of experiential exercises that are lovingly designed to either:
- spontaneously pop you back into wholeness through access to presence (the source of our creativity)
- initiate the more gradual process of creative growth—the inward journey towards your unique wholeness
HOW I WORK
I work intuitively and organically—weaving between different roles based on what is necessary to the work.
I work as:
- guide—making the journey into the gold of your inner truth (warts and all) as fun, engaging, aesthetic and inspiring as possible.
- coach—encouraging you to trust your own intuitive voice and callings.
- counselor—offering my intuitive skills you when you feel stuck or lost.
- teacher—teaching the skills necessary to make positive changes in your life that support your soul’s needs and desires.
- mentor—using personal examples of my own journey to help light up your own truths.
STRUCTURE OF CREATIVE GROWTH SESSIONS
I am flexible in how I work with you in creative growth sessions. I understand that it is not always possible to commit to a long term process, though I do recommend that you commit to at least six weeks of sessions, especially if you are new to this kind of work. We can do our sessions via video Skype or if you live in Southern Baja, I will meet with you in person either at your home or in my art camper.