Drew Smith

Drew Smith (she/her)

Licensed Art Therapist


I provide art therapy and creative approaches in professional counseling to help you find clarity & meaning while relieving pain & stress.

Client Status

accepting clients



1705 NW Kearney Street

Portland, 97209

At a Glance


Rate: $160-$190

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare

My Ideal Client

Are you looking for new ways to gain perspective and examine your life, access the healthiest version of yourself, and get in touch with your sources of inspiration and meaning? Do you find yourself struggling to connect with your health, happiness, and motivation? Together, we'll work together using arts and creative process to identify and address areas for growth while nourishing your strengths, so that you feel clear, calm, and empowered.

My Approach to Helping

Incorporating art and creativity in the context of therapy is not about creating a masterpiece or finished product, but about engaging in the process as a tool for insight, self-awareness, and catharsis. Worrying about how "good" the work looks can actually be counterproductive to the goals of therapy. Most of our lives are not perfect. The art doesn't have to be either. Sometimes, talking about painful topics can be overwhelming and disorienting, but externalizing thoughts and feelings through a creative medium allows you to process challenges with the cognitive, emotional, and sensorimotor areas of your brain, all at the same time. In short, things often seem more clear, connected, and contained.   ​My work is firmly rooted in the understanding that individual health is deeply influenced by systems of power, oppression, culture, and heritage, which demand our active attention in all spaces, and especially in the context of therapy. 

Why I am a Good Fit for You

You don't need to be an artist or identify as creative for us to work well together, although creative process does allow for us to jointly examine aspects of your life in a new way. If you haven't felt that talking about things has been the most helpful, then working with creative elements may provide a fresh and inspiring perspective. If you have a creative hobby, profession, or identity (in any art form or medium) you may also feel that my approach feels especially supportive and helpful in comparison with traditional talk therapy approaches. If you are steeped in creative ways of thinking, that can make approaching your own emotions, challenges, and areas of growth with this lens extremely powerful. If you are struggling professionally with burnout or other challenges, then reconnecting with your creativity can help you access personal and professional clarity, calm, and meaning in your life.

Techniques I Use


  • Art Therapy External link

    I'm a Licensed Certified Art Therapist with five years of experience providing individual and group therapy to children, teens, and adults. Prior to completing my Master's Degree in Art Therapy I worked in community arts centers, museums, and classrooms facilitating arts programming in numerous settings and for people of all ages.

Issues I Treat


  • Anxiety External link

    Making art and experiencing flow are known to be powerful antidotes to anxiety, and using art materials and creative process in specific ways can interrupt anxious thoughts.

  • Personal Growth External link

    Creative expression and making art can facilitate learning new creative problem solving skills and developing awareness of individual patterns and self-talk.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    By working with art materials, clients can develop new skills and a sense of accomplishment and improved self-esteem

  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    Creating a space for clients to freely explore and take time completely for themselves in art making provides a break from attending to the needs of others.

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