About Me

Lesley Profile Pic 2017Before I was aware that art therapy existed, I was a practicing artist and intuitively used art as a healing practice and a way to express my emotions.   I continue to practice this for myself, and enjoy helping others to connect to the healing power of creative expression.

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 outside of Portland, Oregon.  I currently live in Portland where i practice full time as a therapist, in addition to making my own art, enjoying the local art and music scenes, continuing my lifelong education, practicing yoga, petting cats, and getting to know all the wonderful people I meet along the way.

I have experience working at music festivals/ burn events and have volunteered with The Zendo Project / MAPS and White Bird Rock Med, expanding my interest in psychedelic harm reduction and integration, as well as new research on the clinical applications for these substances for treating mental illnesses such as PTSD. I am currently undergoing training as a therapist in MAPS MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, as part of the Expanded Access Program. (more info) I have also begun to embark on a journey of visionary art, studying with master artists including Alex and Alyson Grey, and Amanda Sage. I look forward to furthering my experience and skill as a painter, integrating what I am learning into my practice as an art therapist.