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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.503.1715