More about me...
I am a second generation immigrant on dad’s side, Italian- and English/Irish/Welsh-American on my mom's side and the middle child of five currently married to a wildly talented cis-man who is a musician and environmental scientist. I am an artist, mother of two teen boys whose other mom lives down the street and step-mom to three wonderful young men. I have a silly bone the size of Texas (probably bigger). I love to sing and make music with my sweetie and friends.
I have advanced training in narrative therapy with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs at The Family Therapy Center in Evanston, IL, and over a decade working with a rad cohort of narrative therapists from across the country. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and am trained in EMDR.
I studied studio art for many years and have two professional art degrees (BFA, Syracuse University and MFA, Rutgers University). As a student in the American Arts Course at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City, I spent a year going around the country learning about US American art and material cultural, looking under the furniture and in the back rooms of people with way too much money.
In 2007, I received a McKnight Artist Fellowship which enabled me to take a year off to work on my art. I have exhibited my work locally and nationally. I earned an MA in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy at Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis and am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Provisional Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (PSEP–I will be a full SEP as of 4/24/22).
I have served on the MAMFT’s Social Justice and Professional Practices committees.