Experiential Art Instructor
- Bachelor of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
- Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (in progress, expected, 2019)
Maureen developed and facilitated an art-based program for adolescents and adults in Winnetka, Illinois in 2005 called “Courage to Grow.” The goal of the program was to foster exploration and self-expression for release, connection, and growth. Through a variety of creative workshops, individuals increased their self-awareness and coping skills and gained a more positive and balanced sense of self. In 2015, Maureen began her work with a residential treatment center where she created and implemented therapeutic art curriculum for individuals, groups, and families. Maureen is passionate about supporting people through the exploration of their own personal value and belief systems, through art journaling, clay-building, and mixed media. Maureen has guided students and families towards dynamic self-awareness and understanding to support individual and family therapy and life goals.
Maureen relishes spending time skiing, hiking, and rock climbing with her husband and two dogs. She also enjoys creating art with her daughter and cooking with her son. Her family began on the east coast and progressively moved westward to Chicago before landing in Salt Lake City in 2015.
Hope, Health & Healing
Health, hope and healing have been intrinsically part of Maureen’s holistic approach to life. It is her belief that we are connected through a vast interplay of mind, body, and spirit--not only to ourselves but to others. When we are out of balance we lose connection, health, and sense of hope. Through art and writing, Maureen found an entryway to excavate the dense recesses of the imagination and consciousness to find peace, strength, honor of self, and meaning. She believes we are all artists, capable of interconnection and healing, as every individual is an expert on his/her own creative process. Through awareness, mindfulness, and a willingness to courageously pioneer our rich inner landscape, we can experience growth and change.
Working in mental health since: 2005
Working at Bridge House since: 2017