About Holly Marie
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Family Studies and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology. I have additional education, training and experience in creative or expressive art therapies. (See examples below.)
I have nine years experience working with adults and adolescents in: co-occurring and community mental health treatment centers and therapeutic specialty courts. I have worked with clients regarding depression, anxiety, complex trauma, identity or low self-esteem issues, psychotic disorders, women's concerns, relationship/family problems, life transitions, and drug /alcohol abuse or dependency.
I favor holistic, humanistic and psychodynamic approaches with Mindfulness therapies.
As a person of bi-racial identity (Dakota Sioux and western
European lineage) I have a unique perspective that allows me to
effectively address concerns for People of Color such as: racism,
marginalization, and historical trauma.
I enjoy collaborating with the unique qualities each individual brings to
therapy and create an environment that is safe and conducive to deep
reflection and positive change.
"When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good."
Creative and Expressive Art Therapy Work
I love incorporating intuitive and expressive art therapies into the work I do with clients. You do not have to be an artist to experience benefit. Everyone is not comfortable with this, and that's completely fine. But, if it's something you would like to try, you might find the deceptively simple techniques can reveal deep levels of psyche that are sometimes hard to approach through talk therapy. Most of my clients have found that engaging in this type of therapy provides new personal insights and feelings of hope and relaxation.
Below are a few samples of my own intuitive and expressive art work.
Comfort for Sorrow--Intuitive collage
A collage of images drawing upon comforting memories and hopeful symbols.
Medium --Intuitive Scribble Art
An image I received while inquiring about a colleague's experience while counseling adolescents after a near tragedy.
An image I received while holding a question about my health.
Cyclone--Intuitive Scribble Art
An image I received while sorting through conflict with a family member.
Intuitive collage--The Gates of Freedom
An image I created while processing an interview with a colleague.