March 18,2018

Thanks for checking in– ha! It’s been a few years since I have gotten on here… mostly because I forgot that there is a blog page, and every time I look at this site I have to create an increasingly difficult password!

There are some really cool developments underway….

In my practice, FVAT, so much of our focus is on creating opportunities for neurosequential development and growth, using hand-sewing (stuffed animals), building safe spaces, drawing, painting and kinetic sand play…

We are currently offering pediatric oncology groups at the Cancer Support Community House in Kalispell, partnering with KRMC. The Montana Children’s Center will open in May, 2019, and we will start fundraising for art therapy programs this summer. We are planning a community-wide mosaic installation at the new Children’s wing, and look forward to getting that going with Lindsay Martin, ATR-BC, soon!

We have our Montana Art Therapy Association bi-annual meeting in April, in Boulder Hot Springs, where we will be connecting with art therapists from around the state, and looking at increasing opportunities for art therapy practice and education. We will also be planning our art exhibit in June in Missoula.

I look forward to attending a 3-day conference in Banff, AB, June 2018 with Bruce Perry, MD and the ChildTrauma Academy on the neurosequential model of therapeutics. I expect to also ride my bike a bunch in Banff, as there are great trails connecting the little towns there.

In the fall, I will be taking my art therapy board certification exam! And hopefully, I will be traveling to NYC to present a workshop on Hand-sewing Stuffed Animals at the Expressive Therapies Summit! I hope both of these goals work out- but not sure yet, I will try to keep you posted… hopefully I will remember to blog again! 😊


January 28, 2014

been a while…not much of a blogger…but now I have an announcement…

Flathead Valley Art Therapy will be hosting a workshop March 7-8, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn for LCSWs, LCPCs, MFTs, and LACs. The title of the workshop is Finding your Ta-da, using movement and creative expression to treat anxiety and depression. It is approved for 10 CEUs by Montana State. There will be lots of hands-on practice and exercises and we will be referencing work of Peter Levine (somatic experiencing), Richard Schwartz (internal family systems) and Clarissa Pinkola Estes…. Space is limited. You can register via Paypal from here.

October 21, 2012

Returned last night from Bozeman where the Montana Art Therapy Association met for our bi-annual pow wow, group support, and planning meeting…We got our official website off the ground,, and included some contact info for a few of our members. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t hike Sali’s gorgeous property, or do any group art while we were there, but we decided that in May, we will push the business portion of the meeting off until Sunday, giving us plenty of time for self-care. We all have a lot going on in our practices and lives, so it is valuable to all of us to connect with and support one another when we are together. Rachel Long came from Billings, Sabrina and Sali are local Bozeman art therapists, Kim Brown Campbell traveled from Missoula, and Lisa Pohlman and I came from Whitefish and Kalispell, carpooling for the five hours there and back, chatting and listing to music…Steve Thomas was presenting at the Canadian Art Therapy Association annual meeting in Edmonton, so he was absent. We will be having a group exhibition at Boulder Hot Springs in April, so we all have to get working over the winter….


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