Meet Crystal:

I'm a St. Louis Native,

with a passion for

serving my community. 

 

Since childhood, I have always been drawn to art-making as a means of expression, connection and comfort.

Art processing in therapy has allowed me another avenue for connection with children, parents and families

to build and develop skills to overcome life’s difficulties.

Though originally from the St. Louis area,

I  have rediscovered the joys that this city offers

through the eyes of my own children. In my spare time,

I enjoy going on adventures around the city with my husband and two kids. We as a family enjoy board-games, biking, roller coasters, playgrounds and

art-making in our backyard studio.

This means that I have the training and  experience

to meet the needs of individuals and families

on many different levels. I have over 12 years of experience serving children, adolescents and adults

from a variety of settings. I have worked in hospitals, residential placements, schools and

community based agencies.

 

In addition to my art therapy training,

I am trained in DBT, EMDR, TF-CBT and Play Therapy. This wide variety of experiences allows me to

creatively integrate approaches to meet each individual where they are. Additionally, I operate from a strengths based approach; a lens from which I tease out each individuals' strengths to weave a new, healthier narrative.

Board-Certified Art Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor

Registered Play Therapist

Experience with Teen and Adult Issues Includes: 

Experience with Child Issues Includes:

  • ADHD

  • Adoption

  • Anxiety/Panic Disorders

  • Attachment Disruptions, including foster care and adoption

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Behavioral concerns/Adjustment issues

  • Bereavement

  • Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Divorce and Separation.

  • Domestic Violence

  • Self esteem and identity based issues

  • Adjustment issues related to change in life circumstances

  • Bereavement

  • Divorce and family issues

  • Eating Disorder

  • Gender Identity / LGBTQ issues

  • Mood Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Self Esteem issues

  • Thought Disorders, including Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

The Space

The therapy space is a warm, inviting "living room."  Designed for comfort, ease and accessibility, the space is set up to accommodate the creative and emotional needs of people of all ages. It is adaptable as a fully functional art studio, with two hand crafted sand trays and a well stocked assortment of miniatures for ease of expression.  The space is set up with a "safe space" puppet theater, perfect for individual or family interventions. 

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The office
Sand tray toys
Sand Tray
Crystal with puppet - 2
Puppet Theatre
Crystal with puppet - 1
shelf detail
kids interacting with the space.
shelving detail
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Board-Certified Art Therapist   -   Licensed Professional Counselor   -   Registered Play Therapist