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About Me

I grew up in Colorado spending time in nature and exploring the gorgeous landscapes my home state has to offer. From a young age, I always found so much joy in making things with my hands, and getting absorbed into a flow state of creativity. There was always something magical about the way art helped me see things from a new perspective, or made me feel like I could express the things that words could never fully capture. A high school counselor told me about art therapy, and it felt like a gift to know I could combine all the things I loved about art, science, psychology, and human interaction into one career. It was the art therapy counseling program at Marylhurst University that motivated me to move out to Oregon, and I instantly fell in love with everything the Pacific Northwest had to offer, so I now call this place my home. During my leisure time, you'll find me traveling to the coast, tending to my plants, reading a romantasy book, paddle-boarding, or spending some quality time with my wife, my three-legged dog--Finn, and my family/friends. I'm happiest when I'm cuddled up next to a warm fire on a rainy day with my watercolor paints and a warm beverage.

Education/Background:

- M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University, 2015-2018

Trained in drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, mixed media, and more!

- Specialized training in eating disorders, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma treatment.

Articles/Publications:

- Jan. 2023, "Dating When You Have an Eating Disorder: What You Need to Know," interview for ClubMental, written by Emily Laurence

- July 2020, "Prosocial Behaviours in a Creative Arts Day Camp for Children With and Without Special Needs: A Mixed-Methods Study," published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy (Vol. 54, No. 3), co-authored with Dr. Laura Beer and Dr. Mary Andrus

Credentials:

- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, #C5953

- Licensed Certified Art Therapist (LCAT) in Oregon, #10209317

- Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) nationally, #20-017

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