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INGA WEST, MA, LMHC, ATR

Hi! My name is Inga and I am an Art Therapist living in Seattle, WA.  My journey into art therapy and counseling began in 2001 when I embarked and received my BFA in Fiber Arts with a minor in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.

In 2005 I had the opportunity to spend 5 months studying at the Burren College of Art in County Clare Ireland.  I fell in love with the rich landscape of Ireland which then lead me to eventually move to the PNW.  I would ask around... "Where in the US is like Ireland?" Every answer was along the lines of "Seattle... because it rains all the time!" 

In 2012 I pursued a Masters in Art Therapy Counseling degree at Marylhurst University just outside of Portland, OR.  I completed my counseling internship for the Beaverton School District before returning to Seattle where I have been practicing as an art therapist.  

Balancing the practical and spiritual, I have been studying with Char Sundust of Sundust Oracle Institute since 2009.  Her teaching is multi-faceted and greatly influenced by her teacher Angeles Arrien.  Angeles Arrien's legacy is The Four Fold Way.  The Four Fold Way is a cross-cultural, spiritual lens through the following archetypes:

In the East is The Visionary : Speak the truth without blame or judgment 

In the South is The Healer : Pay attention to what has heart and meaning

In the West is The Teacher : Be open to outcome not attached to outcome.

In the North is The Warrior : Show up and choose to be present.

Walking this archetypal foundation is my daily practice and a constant inspiration.

 

Feel free to further inquire at ingawestcounseling@gmail.com or 206.503.1715