I specialize in the development of self-nurturing practice, holistic restoration of self, balance and clarity of self, and self-healing. I design prompts, and engage my clients in reflective conversation and writing practice, as well as design a plan for goal acquisition tailored to the needs of each person as an individual. I believe knowledge really is power, but we have to structure our lives so that we are prepared with the right questions. My job is to help you figure out what those questions might be so you can provide yourself with answers. My practice lends focus to the notion that you are already the expert in you. You do not need me to tell you if something is wrong. I am here to act in collaboration with you as a team member toward helping you understand, develop, and nurture.
I value curiosity, creativity, innovation, honesty and dignified authentic interactions. I will never not be me. I would certainly hope that in return, you will never not be you. I believe every experience you have had has led you here, and I strive to help you construct and understand meaning from those experiences.
Though I have a clinical background, I am informal in most of my interactions. I value genuineness and strive to help you feel strong, stand in your power, and re-claim your truth in a safe environment void of judgement.
I have experience and specialize in issues including but not limited to grief, mental health, boundaries, relationships, self-love, meaning making, purpose, passion, resilience, self-acceptance, creativity, self-healing, re-parenting and more.
A survivor by nature, an explorer at heart and a recovering people-pleaser. I was born into a small family with European and Hispanic roots and raised in upstate New York. I grew up with three main principles: the “golden rule”, always try your best, and life is nothing but decisions. A lover of knowledge and getting my hands dirty, I have always been a demonstrative learner.
I started this path in undergrad at Fredonia in Fredonia, New York. I studied and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and minor in Art History in 2014. The creative process has been essential to my learning, and the backbone of all that I do.
I later enrolled at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Creative Arts Therapy: Art Therapy in 2018. My education exposed me to the psychological aspect of how humans are capable of growth, change, and goal acquisition. Following this, I graduated from JRNI in January of 2020. My training during this time led to my focus of developing an understanding of how humans make meaning out of their experiences and explore self-perception by re-framing and asking the right questions. I became trauma informed during this time, and have developed skills in lifestyle design, exploration of self, identity, meaning making, and narrative work.
The lessons and insights I have picked up along my journey come from learning the hard way. I’ve never set foot into a room that I wasn’t led to by intuition. That being said, I have found myself navigating stormy seas on more than one occasion. The best compass forward, for me, has always been curiosity.
“I came to Gina struggling to find motivation to accomplish some of my key career and life goals. I was very overwhelmed with how much I had to do in a short period of time and found myself sitting on the couch watching a few hours of TV and going to bed instead of proactively working towards completing a few projects. Gina has been incredibly helpful in guiding me to "get curious" around my demotivation. I loved her ideas around curiosity and genuine self check ins. This helped me to start asking myself "why are you actually on the couch, are you in need of some self care or are you just overwhelmed and putting your tasks off". This thinking has sparked me to get back into some better habits and change my mindset of sinking to swimming along. Gina is so positive and a genuine pleasure to work with! Her spirit and constant creativity when attacking problems is a huge value add in my life. I would highly recommend Gina to anyone struggling to find the line between self care and getting stuff done.” - Hailey L.