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MY APPROACH...

  Life can sometimes feel unrelenting, but you don’t have to journey it alone. Together we can face the challenges that life transitions bring. My Muscogee Creek heritage along with being a member of the LGBTQ community informs my practice to serve individuals facing the unique struggles of being LGBTQ as well as bicultural. Identity issues, coming out, intergenerational trauma, and traumatic event/s are just some of the issues that I specialize in. These challenging times, although difficult, can often offer us immense opportunities for personal growth. My goal is to provide you with the therapeutic tools to assist you in reclaiming the parts of yourself that have been hurt, overlooked and neglected. When we can find the strength to own our life experiences then we can allow it to empower us to lead more meaningful lives. To own these parts of ourselves empowers us to live more meaningful, fulfilled lives.

 

 

As an art therapist, I want to assure you that art is not meant for artists. Even if the last artistic tool you touched was a crayon, art therapy can offer an abundance of self-exploration and awareness. I love the possibility of surprise through the art and the metaphorical insights that it offers. Children, with their innate curiosity towards creativity make exceptional art therapy clients. Art interventions can even ease guardedness and encourage teens to communicate more freely through their art; even the at-risk youth who may be closed off to the idea of therapy altogether. However, art transcends age and culture. It is truly a universal tool that can be used to support the healing of all, no matter the age or background.

"The medicine is already within the pain and suffering. You just have to look deeply and quielty. Then you realize it has been there the whole time." -saying from Native American Oral Tradition in Soul Wounds by Eduardo Duran

 

 

About Merissa

About Merissa...

My proud heritage as a Muscogee Creek Native has made me passionate to learn about and work towards healing the trauma that extends through multiple generations in the Indigenous community, known as intergenerational trauma. I completed my practicum with the Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC). My focus at DIFRC was around victims of domestic violence, families, and adolescents. My internship was at Jefferson Center for Mental Health where I worked as a school-based therapist, serving at-risk high school students, many of which were immigrants or first generation in the US. Throughout my work with adolescents and young adults, anxiety, depression, and sexuality were common themes. As a member of the LGBTQ community, awareness around the multitude of issues we face are of great concern to me, especially in the political climate of today. Through spiritual/transpersonal approaches, combined with art, as well as strengths-based and solution-focused therapy, I work with clients to curtail interventions and support that are both culturally sensitive and compassionate.

I received my MA in Clinical Mental Health: Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa Unversity. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with DORA and an LPCC.

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Phone:303-909-2202

 I provide sliding scale fees and am happy to offer pro bono services to a limited number of clients. In-home therapy as well as phone therapy are also available making sessions more convenient. Art therapy is beneficial for all age groups and backgrounds and I welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you during this time of transition.

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