Emily brings a thoughtful, open-minded, straightforward, and creative approach to her work with you. Emily has a natural open and non-judgmental approach that will make you feel comfortable and put you at ease with the art therapy process.
She believes that counseling and therapy is a collaborative self-directed process, and operates as a guide to help you gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience. Emily will encourage and challenge you to grow by helping you increase self-esteem, awareness and sense of identity by finding meaning through art making.
She believes you don’t need to be an artist or be “good at art” to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with art materials to support and inform your process of personal growth. Emily uses the creative process as a tool to explore issues that are arising in your or your child or teen’s life. Learn more about what an art therapy appointment might be like here.
Emily is a trauma informed art therapist who works with individuals of all backgrounds, and has experience with children, youth, young adults, including LGBTQIA+ and gender-fluid / gender non-conforming populations. Emily has worked with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, trauma, gender and sexuality questioning issues, chronic pain, social issues, suicidation, and personal development and goals. As a long time public advocate, Emily is socially conscious and active in the LGBTQIA+ and arts communities in various organizations and serves as a mentor to emerging artists.
“Today art therapy is widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers… research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self- expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.”
— American Art Therapy Association
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As an artist, Emily has spent more than 15 years working in the art, film, advertising, and non-profit sectors in New York and the Twin Cities, including the Walker Art Center and Artspace Projects.
Emily will complete her Masters degree in Adlerian Psychology and Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy at the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approved Adler Graduate School in Minnesota in June 2018.
Education, Trainings and Affiliations:
- Pursuing a Graduate Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Clinical Counseling; Adler Graduate School, AATA approved
- Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Completion of Therapy Residency: adolescent day treatment program; University of Minnesota Fairview Children’s Hospital
- Member, American Art Therapy Association
- Member, Minnesota Art Therapy Association
- Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) Mentor