I am a Licensed Certified Art Therapist (LCAT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the wonderful state of Oregon. I am also a nationally Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). I graduated with my Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University in 2018. I have received training in many artistic disciplines (e.g., drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, and mixed media), as well as human development, psychology, counseling theories, and methodology. With this training in mind, I use a combination of art and psychology theories and techniques to help my clients achieve their desired therapeutic outcomes.

I became an art therapist because I am passionate about helping people discover more about themselves through the creative art process. From a young age, I always found so much joy making things with my hands and getting absorbed into a flow state of inspiration and creativity. I developed a strong curiosity about people and the world around me. This curiosity led me into the field of psychology, where I studied the healing power of social connections. I was driven to build my skills in psychology, while not losing my love of art, which led me into the field of art therapy. It feels like a dream come true to get to combine all my passions into one career where I can help others.

I have worked in a variety of mental health settings including schools, outpatient clinics, a partial hospitalization/intensive-outpatient treatment program, and a subacute residential treatment facility. I really found my niche helping folks address, treat, and cope with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and T/trauma. I'm also experienced in treating folks with OCD, substance abuse, neurodivergent thinking (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD), and serious mental illness/psychosis. As a member of the queer community myself, I enjoy working with folks who identify as LGBTQIA+.

During my leisure time, I try to 'practice what I preach' by nurturing my mind and body. I enjoy traveling to the coast, tapping into my creative roots, reading a good book, or exploring Oregon's many landscapes with my wife and three-legged dog, Finn. Through my own therapy experiences, I've learned that rest is productive, so I enjoy pausing to meditate and mindfully enjoying the present moment. 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. I seek to create this warm, cozy feeling through the cultivation of my therapeutic space at the Art Therapy Nook.

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