Sometimes we just need a little additional support and to admit that is courageous. Challenging times can often offer us immense opportunities for personal growth. My goal is to provide you with some therapeutic tools that make your healing potential more accessible and assist you in reclaiming and nurturing 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.  

Art is for everyone! We can stick to traditioanl talk therapy, however, I may push for artistic intervention if it is fitting. Even if the last artistic tool you touched was a crayon, art therapy can offer an abundance of self-exploration and awareness. I am deeply passionate about the metaphorical insight that is attained through the art process. Art interventions can often ease guardedness and anxiety that may be experienced when entering into therapy and communication often flows more freely through speaking about the art. Creativity transcends age and culture. It is a universal tool that can be used to support the healing of all, no matter 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





 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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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, 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, children and adolescents. My internship was at Jefferson Center for Mental Health where I worked as a school-based therapist, serving at-risk students. Throughout my work with children, 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.