I’m Sydney, an East Coast-based Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist and Certified ADHD Clinical Provider. I am honored to be able to combine my lifelong fascination with the creative process, interest in the unusual, and love for the creative space into my deep work with clients. I also understand and provide unique support for the paradox of being highly creative as well as neurodivergent, especially in the areas of ADHD and learning disorders.
I am an art school graduate, minored in both psychology and art history in an effort to wade through how the mind receives and perceives art. I always had a connection to expressing myself through the creative process adding that my curiosity lead me to earn a graduate degree in Professional Studies in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
As someone with a learning disability, I did not feel ‘smart’ due to my slow processing of reading comprehension and my lack of time management. Instead, I always saw myself as someone who has potential- the thought that I am capable, but not quite there yet. It took me a long time to accept that my style of learning is different and recognizing that my mind's strength has been highly abstract and intuitive with the world. I embraced my visual and spatial patterning giftedness into my adulthood by exploring my authenticity and visualizing my own future- creating my own toolbox!
I have experience building connections working with a wide population in addiction, outpatient centers, and people living with HIV/AIDS. From being an in-home behavioral therapist, to mentoring those with disabilities, to trying to understand the youngest minds among us by trying preschool teaching, no matter where I went, I considered what I learned as both a gift and a reward.
Both my art therapy work and ADHD services utilize experiential creative interventions to tap into the wellspring of nonverbal communication as a way to further explore each individual’s authentic self as well as to inform meaningful goal setting. The creative processes woven into my clinical work also serve as a vehicle for moving through to challenging negative cognitions around one’s creative and/or neurodivergent self.
Through my unique style, I have been invited to interview on major podcasts, designed workshops for organizations, and mentored clients globally, outlining assessments for areas of executive functioning support and using experiential approaches to devise goals and strengthen executive functioning skills. I will often incorporate mindfulness and creative interventions to challenge unhelpful cognitions and narratives surrounding neurodivergence, as well as build trust in self and clarity on defining authentic next steps.
The next time someone says you are weird, quirky, or awkward, I welcome you to the My Creative Relief community! I am excited to connect and integrate these funky words into your own unique path :)
I did not feel ‘smart’ due to my slow processing of reading comprehension, and my lack of time management. Instead, I always saw myself as someone who has potential- the thought that I am capable, but not quite there yet.
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Art Therapy
School of Visual Arts, New York City
B.S. in Art, minor in Psychology & Art History
Rowan University, New Jersey
Certifications & Trainings
ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP)
Masters degree in Art Therapy (MPS)
Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Certification in Mindfulness
ADHD & Learning Disorders