Kathi is a certified Art Therapist, graduating from Naropa University’s Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program with an Emphasis in Art Therapy in 2013. She is also trained in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Dr. Bruce Perry’s relationship-based approach to addressing trauma by meeting children where they are developmentally.
Working as an Expressive Arts Specialist with Native American Youth in residential treatment in New Mexico in the 1990s forged Kathi’s belief in the healing power of art. She continued to serve families of diverse cultures and with multiple challenges in Southwest Colorado as a Head Start and Early Head Start Teacher and Site Director, parent educator and early family literacy program facilitator for over a decade before relocating to the Front Range. Since then, she has been facilitating art-as-healing workshops for young children, adolescents, adults with chronic mental illness and in community open studios. Her most recent experience is, again, as a therapist/ art therapist with adolescents in a residential treatment facility in Greeley.
She focuses on artmaking, play therapy, mindfulness training and a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, creating a safe space where children, adolescents and people of all ages can uncover their intrinsic strengths and resources, explore their identity, find ways to build resilience, cope with emotional challenges and, most especially, to regain their ability to find wonder, meaning and beauty in their lives.