Hi, I’m Lesley. I’m an art therapist and counselor. I am currently offering individual art therapy sessions, EMDR, and supervision for LPC interns. My approach to art therapy is an eclectic mix of “art as therapy” which helps with relaxation and attaining flow states, psychodynamic (using art imagery for self discovery) and somatic (moving trauma through the body by through art making). No art experience is necessary to do art therapy. Please email me with questions or to request an appointment.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Art Therapist
After finishing my undergraduate arts degree at Loyola New Orleans, in 2007 I earned my Master’s (MA) Degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon. I currently live in Portland where I see clients at my private practice based out of Somatic Center Portland (and telehealth because 2020). I’m also a working artist and have exhibited artwork at galleries in several US cities and online shows. https://lesleyaburke.com
My experience working at music festivals/ burn events with The Zendo Project / MAPS and White Bird Rock Med, has taught me a great deal about working with people experiencing altered states of consciousness, and how to approach substance use from a harm reduction perspective. I am in training as a therapist in MAPS MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, as part of the Expanded Access Program. (more info) and I am continuously integrating what I am learning into my practice as an art therapist.