Personal Style: Nurturing, Patient, Humorous, Creative
Therapy Style: Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Relational-Cultural, Intersectional Feminist
Ain (she/hers) specializes in working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults who have difficulties navigating grief, trauma, emotional/behavioral regulation, anxiety, depression, and identity. Additional experience includes working with severe emotional and behavior dysregulation, LGBTQAI+ concerns, PTSD, other mood disorders, open studio art therapy and group art therapy. Ain is passionate about creating safe, inclusive, and culturally competent spaces for BIPOC and intersectionality identified clients. She believes it’s important to reflect underserved populations with whom she shares identities so they can feel safer and seen in the therapeutic space. Ain’s work is grounded in trauma-informed, social-justice oriented, person-centered art therapy. Ain’s experience as a teacher influences her devotion to working with children, adolescents, emerging adults and families. She uses empathy, patience, honesty, humor, and creativity to assist clients through the impact of personal, interpersonal, societal, and environmental barriers.
Art therapy invites clients to explore, organize, and manage themselves, their environments, and relationships in a visual-based form. The materials, process, and project can be equally therapeutic to each other depending on the context and focus of each client. Art materials can take many forms, and I invite clients to use media that best suit their immediate needs, which can include paint, found objects, collage, sculpture, poetry, music, and more.