About Me

Lesley Profile Pic 2017I hold a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Visual Art from Loyola University.  Before 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.

In 2007 I earned my Master’s (MA) Degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University in 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, and getting to know all the wonderful people I meet along the way.

During the summer, I enjoy working at music festivals and have volunteered with MAPS Zendo Project and White Bird Clinic, providing harm reduction services, crisis intervention, and safe spaces for people having difficult psychedelic experiences.  This work has led to my current 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.