Hello & Welcome. I'm Kayla.
I am a Holistic Art Therapist and Expressive Artist.
I support individuals in moving forward and growing healthier relationships with themselves and others through holistic and creative processes.
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 recognize how powerful integrating art and essential oils into any health and wellness lifestyle can be. The combination provides safe and effective tools that truly impact our emotional and physical wellbeing, while helping to let go of what is no longer working and welcoming your dreams into reality.
I am honored to share my journey with you and empower you to make the changes you desire in your life.
Art Therapy + Mental Health Counseling
I am a Nationally Registered Art Therapist (#17-082) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State (LH60746482) and Licensed Art Teacher. I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. Upon graduation, I opened a community art studio called, Circle of Art Studios in Seattle where I ran my art therapy practice and facilitated art classes for kids and adults.
My practice is offering online individual and family creative sessions. The way in which I practice is not to diagnose or treat, but to look at the whole person and what is impacting their desire to live the life that they envision. Utilizing my education and passion for holistic health, I offer my guidance and support through the art making process, mindfulness, and essential oils to equip and empower my clients with tools to thrive! I am currently in the process of reopening an art and wellness studio that will be filled with so much creativity and healing! Join my newsletter to be the first to learn about our new location and upcoming events.
You can learn more about online services here.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and a minor in photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead. After graduation I became a licensed elementary art teacher and continue to maintain this licensure. 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.
Essential Oils + Aromatherapy
I have been personally using essential oils for over a decade and have fallen deeply in love with all the education I have received over the years along with the first hand benefits my family has experienced with their daily use. We have completely transformed our medicine cabinet, cleaning supplies, beauty and hygiene supples with plant based, chemical free options that no longer work against our bodies' natural immune system and hormones, but rather support it. I am fascinated with the link between the various ways of using oils aromatically, topically, and internally and the many benefits they have for our health. Did you know that the aromatic compounds in essential oils influence mood and emotions as the oils pass through your nasal passage way allowing the tiny molecules to make their way to your brain? Amazing, right!?!
Personal Art Process
My process entails a visual form of storytelling conveying emotional expression through overlapping layers of paint. Dialoguing with my inner canvas through the use of lines, shapes, textures and colors, I am able to give image to what life experiences feel and look like visually. Through art making I am able to capture a moment, a tactile representation of thoughts and feelings on the canvas. I work primarily with acrylic paints utilizing various means to create textures and movement throughout my art cultivating inspiration from nature and other organic shapes and colors.