Kristin Sellke (Koepke)
As a child, I loved art. I loved looking at art. I loved creating art. And I still DO! Never did I think that I would have a career where art is so vital and healthy for me AND others to create!
So the story goes on and my heart with art led the way. I received my Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in Art Education, with concentrations in psychology and art history, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2000. To back up the story just a bit, I started college as a psychology major. As odd as this sounds, I did not like the psychology classes in undergrad. I doubted my profession in the field of psychology. So I switched to my other passion, art. Only after switching to art did I get introduced to Art Therapy. I had NEVER heard of such a thing! How cool is this? Combing my love of art and psychology...that was it, I was in.
Upon graduation from U of I, Champaign-Urbana, I went to graduate school for my MA in Art Therapy. I packed my bags, left the midwest to study at a small college in Santa Fe, NM, Southwestern College. Not only was I ready to learn to become an art therapist, but I was on a search to reconnect with my soul and to experience a different culture. It is my story of going to school in a two room school house that became a foundation in how I practice, my skills as a counselor, and who I am as a person.
My internship for graduate school was completed at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, working primarily with bone marrow transplant patients. Upon completing my internship I moved back home to the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. Over a span of nearly 5 years I worked with children, adolescents, and their families in the foster care system and of low socioeconomic status. I hopped skipped and jumped around and life landed me here in Milwaukee. My work here continues to be with children, teens, and families. However, I have a developed a strong following for adults to work on life transitions, grief, divorce, relationships, anxiety, depression, and work related stress.
In my 15+ years of practice, I have earned continuing education credits and certifications in several different areas. These areas include adoption work, mindfulness, and grief. A strong interest that I will be learning more about is self compassion and shame. How this impacts us as children. How shame impacts us as adults and the shame that has been created along the way.
Some self disclosure, I love the Cubbies! Same with the Bears. I am one of those…still loving my hometown teams. I will gladly cheer on the Brewers and Bucks. I dedicate extra time to the Wisconsin Humane Society, especially the to Tails on Trails fundraising walk.