Hello & Welcome. I'm Kayla.
I am an Art Therapist, Expressive Artist, Holistic Educator, and Natural Mama.
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 went into the healthcare field to help guide people to reach their full potential to live the life they desire, but quickly found how limiting and secluded the industry can be. I have expanded my scope of practice now providing effective modalities outside of an office space to educate others how they can make a true difference in their lives.
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.
Education & Experience
I am a Registered Art Therapist (#17-082) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (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 an art studio called, Circle of Art Studios in Seattle where I ran my art therapy practice and facilitated art classes for kids and adults.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and a minor in photography 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.
My Love of Essential Oils
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, 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!?!
My Art Process
My process entails a visual form of storytelling conveying emotional expression through layers of overlapping 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.