My practice currently focuses art therapy and non-ordinary states of consciousness including psychedelic integration.  My art therapy approach is grounded in the “art as therapy” model, which means that the act of creating art itself is the therapy.  I may provide some basic instruction on how to use materials, but the healing in art therapy comes from freeing the creative impulse and allowing the nervous system to experience a natural “flow state.”   No art experience is necessary to participate in art therapy!  It is often more effective for those who do not identify as artists because there is no expectation in the minds of non-artists to create “good art.”  However, I do also love working with artists of all levels, especially those who feel stuck and/or would like assistance developing an art practice to facilitate personal growth and transformation.

I am also trained in EMDR, an evidence-based somatic approach to helping people who have been diagnosed with PTSD or who have experienced a traumatic event.   As a certified yoga teacher, I may incorporate mindfulness, breath, and body awareness into sessions when appropriate to facilitate relaxation and grounding.  I strive to create a trauma-informed, non-judgmental healing and re-membering space for my clients.  I welcome people from diverse cultural backgrounds and lifestyles, and am LGBTQ affirming.

Art Instruction/ Coaching

I offer individual painting instruction for beginner artists using oil or acrylic paint.  Here are some examples of my own paintings:

https://lesleyaburke.com

Sessions offered in-person or video, and are sliding scale.  Please contact me for more info.  These sessions are not therapy and are not billable through insurance.

Insurance and Fees

I am in-network with several insurance plans, and can bill as an out of network provider for several additional insurance companies if your plan allows it. My rate is $150 for a 55 minute session.  For questions about your copay and deductible, contact your insurance company directly.  Please contact me to inquire about in-network status with your insurance plan.

Additional Info
Using insurance requires that I assign you a diagnosis. Some services may not be billable through insurance, including art therapy groups, psychedelic integration sessions, or sessions with clients who need support but who do not qualify for a mental health diagnosis. I also offer consultation and clinical supervision to therapists for an hourly fee of $100. I am an approved clinical supervisor through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT)

Update 2020:  Telehealth appointments are available through secure platform Doxy.me.  In-person appointments are available on a case-by-case basis.

To schedule an appointment email lesleyburkelpc@gmail.com

I look forward to meeting with you!

Location:  

Somatic Center Portland;

https://www.somaticcenterportland.com/

959 SE Division, Suite 315

Portland OR 97214