Breathe + Art = Calm
...where art and mindfulness help children bridge their inner and outer worlds. Our book, Colorful Place, is filled with beautiful illustrations, a mindful story script, and art techniques that help introduce mindfulness in a gentle way.
As many of you know, our children are dealing with more stress than ever in schools, online, and in society.
We have witnessed children struggle with big feelings over the past decade in our professional lives as a Marriage and Family Therapist/Art Therapist (Jocelyn) and behavior intervention public school teacher (Heather). Inattention, outbursts, anger, difficulty with peers, prejudice, poverty, inequity... the list goes on and on.
We found ourselves asking, as parents and professionals: how can we help children manage feelings in creative ways?
That's why we created Colorful Place... for parents, teachers, therapists and most of all, for kids.
As a board-certified art therapist with a thriving practice, Jocelyn loves directing her clients to tap into their own creativity to connect with what they're feeling on the inside and bring it to life on the outside.
Jocelyn plays with color in a variety of mediums. She’s taught fine arts classes, run women’s workshops on collage-making, organized healing-centered group art projects, and led guided visualizations on how to activate creativity with schools and non-profits. Her most transformative experience to date centered around helping traumatized adolescents in an African refugee camp recover using art therapy. Jocelyn earned her BA in Fine/Studio Arts from UC Santa Barbara and her MA in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.
When she’s not working, you can find Jocelyn hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest mountains, creating art, doing yoga, or enjoying dance parties with her little family.
Heather has taught elementary, middle and college level students in MN, WA and WI. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in education. Her Portland State University graduate work took her to Mexico to study migration issues in education. Heather has both her reading and English Language Learner teaching endorsements.
She was a behavior intervention teacher in WA state leading small groups of students in social/emotional learning. Excited about helping students grow emotionally, Heather is currently getting a masters in mental health counseling. She has been involved in her community's ACES Action Alliance and has worked with public school multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).
Heather enjoys outdoor recreation, music, bonfires and sharing meals with her family. Her grandmother was an artist.