Seattle Art Therapist

Welcome. I'm Kayla.

I am an Art Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Expressive Artist, Holistic Wellness Advocate, and Art Educator.

I support individuals in moving forward and growing healthier relationships through holistic and creative processes. I believe all individuals have their own strengths, our work together is to figure out what helps you to grow and live the life you desire.

For over 15 years, I've been intertwining my desire to create, heal, and build community through my own art process, teaching art, facilitating art therapy groups and meeting with individual clients and families.

I primarily work with children, teens and women with a multitude of presenting symptoms such as anxiety, emotional regulation and expression, life transitions, self-esteem, pre/post natal, and social skills.

I recognize how powerful art is to human beings and how it impacts our emotional expression. I am honored to be a part of your journey.

-Kayla

The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.
— Barbara De Angelis
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Education & Experience
I am a Registered Art Therapist (#17-082) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60746482). I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. After graduation I became an elementary art teacher. I taught art to over 600 students each year and was continuously inspired by them to further my education to become an art therapist and mental health counselor. As an educator I noticed how powerful art was to my students and how it impacted their emotional expression similar to how it has for me. I yearned to learn to help others express themselves in an honest and authentic space.

I have experience working with a large array of families in multiple roles within schools and agency settings. I was an intern at Vashon Youth and Family Services where I worked with individuals, families, and groups. I have facilitated and co-facilitated numerous art therapy groups including; Women's Identity, Stress Reduction & Self-awareness, Intuitive Painting, Loss & Grief for Adolescents, Children of Divorce & Separation, Adolescent Empowerment, and Art of Friendship Social Skills for Children and Adolescents.


Who I Help
I specialize in working with individual children, adolescents, teenagers, and women working through a variety of challenges and life transitions. My creative approach to therapy can be beneficial in helping individuals facing challenges including:

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  • social skills
  • emotional and behavioral challenges
  • stress-reduction
  • self-awareness
  • anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • adjustment issues
  • children of divorce
  • personal growth
  • pre/postnatal emotional needs
  • parenting skills; emotion coaching & healthy attachment

How I Work
I integrate art therapy, play therapy, and traditional talk therapy working primarily from a humanistic view utilizing person-centered theory. Mindfulness and visual meditations are also an aspect of my practice as a way for individuals to find a space that feels safe and comfortable to continue discovering their own answers. I will support your journey to self-discovery allowing you to have more fulfilling relationship with yourself and others.

As an art therapist I have been trained to guide your healing process using art materials. The process of creating art is therapeutic in and of itself. During our time together I will offer art directives that will allow you to create a visual representation of how you are feeling. This might seem overwhelming and you might be thinking, "I can't draw that" or "I don't know what that means." And that's all right. Art therapy is about the process of creating and no previous art skills or knowledge are needed. Sometimes the process of creating allows the maker deeper understanding to things they have no idea are impacting their life. As an art therapist, I will not interpret what your art means, but I will help guide you to discover deeper meaning. As the maker you are the only one who will really know what your art means. The art helps to create a visual representation of where you have been, where you are, and where you want to be. Through out our time together we will look back at your visual representations for further reflection. Art therapy is beneficial for all ages.

Along with meeting with individual clients, I facilitate group work including Women’s Identity and Stress Reduction, Expressive Painting Classes and The Art of Friendship: A Social Skills Group for kids. Friends and families can also schedule private sessions to come together to process loss and grief, transitions or reconnect as a family through art making.

Together, we will craft sessions that are right for you & your healing process. I look forward to meeting you.