Being human is messy. Sometimes we need a little creativity to sort out our messes.

People, communication, relationships, emotions and daily life can be messy. Sometimes it’s glorious, beautiful, fantastical inspirational messiness, and sometimes it’s painful. Work/life balance and self-care are thrown out the window when the mess takes over, but now and again we learn (willingly & unwillingly) lessons from our messes. Other times it takes a while and maybe some assistance to relearn our way out of not-so-great habits.

Want to schedule an individual session? Appointments are available on Wednesdays between 10 am and 7 pm. Click here to email me.
[My office is located in central Lisbon, near the Rato metro.]

COLOR BECAUSE is now available for purchase on Amazon! You know you need a new coloring book!!!!


*WORKSHOPS*

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Creative Work/Life Balance Workshops for Entrepreneurs
& Digital Nomads

 

Counseling & Art Therapy for Individuals

 

ATR Clinical Supervision & Consulting

 

Workshops

What is a workshop like?

Creative work/life balance workshops are experiential in nature, and range from basic self-care discussions and tool-building (such as doodling to relax) to more intensive and intimate explorations. The goals of the workshops are to learn to connect to your core self, practice self-nurturance, give yourself permission to feel the feelings, and embrace your creativity.

No prior art experience is necessary!

 

In Lisbon

Previous workshops:

Self-Care & Creativity: Visualize 2018 through collage
Email me to schedule your own Self-Care & Creativity workshop!

 

Self-Care & Creativity: Drawing as a meditation
Email me to schedule your own Self-Care & Creativity workshop!

Drinks & Doodles: How to doodle for relaxation and stress-relief
Email me to schedule your own Drinks & Doodles!

 

In the US

There are no workshops currently scheduled for the US. Contact me if you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your conference or team of worker bees.

 

 

Around the World

Contact me if you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your conference or team of worker bees, wherever they may be!

 

Counseling

What happens in counseling?

We all struggle every now and then, and it is important we learn to give ourselves permission to feel like stuff is hard. Together, we will focus on your strengths and individual needs, rather than asking you to make changes according to a set recipe. We might talk about your experiences in your family of origin, and how they have informed the choices you make in your life. If you are feeling stuck in the same old patterns, we can work toward increased self-confidence, learning to advocate for yourself, more productive communication skills, and how to validate and hold all the feelings that come up.

My style as a therapist is very interactive; I am not the type to just nod and make encouraging sounds. We will get in there and have a conversation about what is really going on. My aim is to get you thinking about YOU. I ask questions, give suggestions, and tell stories that hopefully will help you to understand why you do what you do.

In therapy-speak, I work with people making their way through stressful situations, anxiety, loss, life changes, family issues, and experiences of past trauma and abuse. The letters after my name include LMFT (WA State licensed marriage and family therapist/LF60099926) and ATR-BC (board certified art therapist), and I am a Washington State approved supervisor. I received a dual Master’s degree in psychology and art therapy from Antioch University Seattle. I work from a culturally aware, holistic approach, taking into account physical (somatic), psychological, environmental, and emotional health, and use an eclectic blend of techniques to achieve client goals, including cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), solution-focused, client-centered, mindfulness, and gestalt approaches.

Art therapy may be integrated into counseling as a nonverbal alternative or addition to the process. For more information about art therapy, click here.

Want to schedule an individual session?
Appointments are available!
Click here to email me.
[My office is located in central Lisbon, near the Rato metro.]

Supervision

Looking for Art Therapy Supervision?

I am a Washington State Approved Supervisor and offer post-graduate supervision and case consultation to other therapists, both those seeking LMFT or LMHC licenses, and Registered Art Therapist (ATR) credentials from the Art Therapy Credentials Board. My supervision style is much like my therapy style, in that I have a direct approach with a strong family-systems foundation and a focus on CBT and solution-focused theoretical perspectives mixed with the use of expressive therapy techniques.

Supervision is really fun for me – I love working with clinicians who are just getting started in their lives as a therapist. I always find it exciting to be with you on your journey as you get to understand your learning curve and figure out just what kind of therapist you want to be.

Therapists need support too, and supervision and case consultation provides a confidential and safe place to learn more about yourself as a therapist, your clients, and ways in which you might become more effective as a provider.

If you are interested in distance supervision, please contact me and we can see if we are a good fit. Cost for distance supervision is $50 per hour and is payable via PayPal or Square Cash.

Interested in coming to Portugal for a supervision intensive? We can make that happen. Contact me to work out the details.

 

Coloring

COLOR BECAUSE is now available for purchase on Amazon! You know you need a new coloring book!!!

 

Adult coloring books have become very popular. While they can be an excellent way to distress and manage anxiety, coloring is not a replacement for therapy. But coloring can still make you feel good, and if you like coloring, then keep at it! Any kind of creative expression is a useful coping skill and can open the floodgates of creativity.

For more information on the intersections of coloring, creative expression, self-care and therapy, here are some interesting articles:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/17/coloring-books-adults-therapists-opinions

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201506/are-you-having-relationship-adult-coloring-book

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/index.html