About Marcela

Truck Headlight Tourquoise

I was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia where I lived until coming to the United States to attend college.  My family all lives in Colombia and I return often to visit and soak in the beauty of the Andes.

Art and Psychology are my passions.  I believe art is in my DNA and has always been a part of my life.  I first got interested in becoming a psychotherapist after participating in a service project at Medellin’s mental hospital when I was in fifth grade. One of the doctors asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I took a chance and answered what had been true for me for a long time and had only brought ridicule and laughter. “I have always wanted to be a fire truck” I answered. A psychiatric patient nicknamed Fosforito (little match) who sometimes believed he was captured by an evil king and lived in the fortress of a castle, overheard my answer and screamed out- “wow-that is so wonderful. Do you want to be a shiny red one with lots of  ladders and a hose?”  I believe this was the first time in my life that I was truly seen by another.  And it was in that moment that my desire to become a fire truck was replaced by my desire to work with mental health.

I received my B.A. in Literature and Art from the University of Maine at Machias.  Coming from a large Colombian city to a tiny town on the far north-east of the U.S. was like being transported to a different planet.  The challenges (mostly the cold), and the sweet experiences I had there, greatly influenced the person I am today.

After teaching in Maine for five years, I moved to attend Graduate school at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.  I received an MFA in painting and taught college art for five years.  During that time I headed many projects with underprivileged populations working on healing trauma through art. It was then that I understood the power of healing by simply being seen, and how emotions connect us to one another.  Pain and laughter are the same no matter where you come from or how old you are.  I became more consciously curious of my old desire of becoming a therapist.

After a detour through Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I learned the true definition of “relax”, I moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend Naropa University where I received an MA in Transpersonal Psychology.  Colorado has become my home where I spend time with family and friends, do art, and have a private practice.

I have lots of collections, among them buckles, rocks, buttons, and bones.

I am nourished by beauty

Movies are a passion

I love words and have been known to makeup new ones that have yet to appear in the dictionary.

I feel privileged and honored to be trusted with my client’s vulnerabilities.

 

What I am working towards believing:

“Once you realize what you are, there is nothing left but gratitude and laughter”