about the artist
Hi, I’m Cheska! First of all, thank you for being here; your support means the universe to me.
I started woundedhealingart in the summer of 2019 after finishing a draining first year of graduate school. I’m currently studying to get my master’s degree in counseling + while I absolutely love what I do and I’m very passionate about working with young people to become the best versions of themselves, I felt like I was losing myself a little in the process. Woundedhealingart is my creative outlet. Before starting this shop, I kept feeling what I can only describe as an uprising of creative energy within me that was begging to be released. I’ve been crafty for as long as I can remember, but I never felt like I found a medium that was truly mine. And that’s where jewelry making comes in! I am self-taught and have been making jewelry since high school, and returning to this craft has been a homecoming that’s been long overdue.
As a purpose-driven woman, I hella believe in being intentional in everything I do. That includes being purposeful with the jewelry I wear too! Working with crystals has been instrumental in my growth, transformation, and spiritual path and wearing them everyday has been my way of including their magic in my daily life. Thank you for letting me share this with you, it’s an absolute honor.
why wounded healing
why “wounded healing” ? Because I believe in the power of crystals in healing, this venture is an extension of my identity as a counselor(in-training).
I read about this term in my first few weeks of grad school. The chapter outlined qualities that make a good counselor and one of those was the idea of counselors as “wounded healers.” This phrase mystified me, repeated in my head over and over throughout the semester. There was something poetic about it, something that resonated with me deeply. In pursuing a career in counseling, I’ve felt a lot of self-doubt. How can someone like me, with so much to work on, so many hurts in my heart, possibly be effective in supporting other souls hurting from trauma, barriers, isms, and everything in between? The concept of the wounded healer gave me peace. Originally conceptualized by Carl Jung, the wounded healer is one who recognizes their suffering yet finds light amidst it; one who digs deep into that pain to find the beautiful places it can lead us; one who knows healing from their wounds is possible and uses that knowledge to guide other wounded souls toward healing. That. That is the counselor I hope to become.
As someone who wants to continue teaching and working within educational spaces, I’ve grappled with using the word “healer” to describe myself/who I want to become, but then I (re)stumbled upon bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress & engaged pedagogy. She describes the teacher as a healer and the classroom as a healing space, and this is exactly what I hope to become and cultivate! I envision a classroom where education is healing because it opens the doors to self-learning, spiritual growth, and self-actualization, a classroom where content can actually be applied and students are empowered to make change in the world.