Professional Experience

CREATIVE SPARK ART THERAPY - Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Durham, NC

Founder, Art Therapist, Facilitator, Coordinator, Artist – January 2016 - Current

  • Contracting with organizations to provide services and programs in the triangle, including: art therapy, art enrichment, groups and individuals sessions, staff enrichment/team building, compassion-fatigue prevention/relief, and caregiver relief groups. Currently working with community centers, retirement facilities, assisted nursing facilities, and hospitals.

 

ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT ON AGING - Two locations:

The Robert & Pearl Seymour Center (Chapel Hill, NC) & The Passmore Senior Center, previsouly Central Orange Senior Center (Hillsborough, NC)

  • Providing therapeutic art workshops, individual therapeutic art enrichment, classes and events for seniors; also, providing enrichment workshops for staff. All ages are welcome.

 

A HELPING HAND, Durham, NC and surrounding areas (July 2015-April 2016)

  • Working with seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in their homes and temporary living situations, assisting with life transitions and coping with the aging process to maintain and/or improve quality of life.

 

PROJECT NEW HOPE INC, NON-PROFIT VETERANS ORGANIZATION, Worchester, Massachusetts (June 2015)

  • Art Therapist for The New Hope Project's Second Annual LGBT Veteran Family Retreat.

 

CREATIVE WELLBEING WORKSHOP, Metro DC/Northern Virginia

Intern August 2014 - October 2014 (unofficially since Spring 2013)

  • Gained an understanding of a business model, based in positive psychology and art therapy that: "provide workshops on stress management, creativity, and well-being" and "collaborate with private and non-profit organizations, universities, practitioners, trainers, students, and clients to share this critical work with others (from Creative Wellbeing Workshops website, Wilkinson & Chilton, 2014)."

 

THE SENATE HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR, Washington, DC (September 2014, October 2015, and October 2016)

  • Educated Senators and their staff about Art Therapy and provided art materials to engage in a therapeutic art activity.

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D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, DC, Metro, DC

Art Therapy Intern August 2013 - July 2014

  • Worked weekly with small groups, dyads, and individually with students for the duration of the school year.

  • Provided services for children ages 4 through 16.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON ART THERAPY CLINIC, Alexandria, VA

Art Therapy Intern October 2013 – May 2014

  • Worked individually with clients in a clinic setting.

 

WASHINGTON ADVENTIST HOSPITAL – ACUTE INPATIENT CRISIS UNIT & INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM, Takoma Park, MD

Art Therapy Intern August 2012 - May 2013            

  • Worked as a collaborative member of the expressive therapies team on the adult acute psychiatric unit and the intensive outpatient program (IOP).

 

THE CANCER INSTITUTE, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Art Therapy Intern June 2012 - July 2012

  • Provide an open art studio in a pediatric oncology wing of a hospital for patients and families of patients.

 

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