Iona’s background in art and child development led to graduate studies in early childhood special education and a master’s in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 1998, Iona has served as an educator, certified child life specialist, public health coordinator, art therapist, and school-based therapist.
Iona’s clinical training began within the medical and psychiatric hospital settings, in her hometown of Chicago, with foci on children with cancer; trauma survivors; and homeless HIV+ patients. As a youth therapist, within this last year, Iona worked intensively with children and adolescents struggling with depression, post-traumatic stress, and self-harming & suicidal tendencies in Park County. Iona believes in forming trusting, authentic relationships and offering compassionate, nonjudgmental assistance to clients of all ages and all walks of life. She uses play and art therapies in combination with traditional talk therapy to recognize the power of visual, nonverbal communication and offer alternative means of expression.
As a long-time advocate for children and families, Iona joins the Providence team ready to assist individuals and families with healing and to promote positive generational change. Outside of the office, she can be found out and about with her energetic children, lingering in coffee shops, or painting.