Drew Smith, LCAT, LPC

Drew Smith, LCAT, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Art Therapist

LCAT, LPC

Making art and maintaining a creative practice can help us access and nourish our healthiest selves within a creative community.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

971.339.9155

1705 NW Kearney Street

Portland, 97209

At a Glance

Me

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Approach to Helping

My approach centers on the importance of creativity, community, experiential learning, and mindfulness as essential pathways to health and wellness. Group classes provide brief art instruction, experiential art making, and guided reflections. We all have immense creative capacity, and realizing that capacity can shift the way we think and feel about our selves and the world around us by lowering anxiety, improving mood, developing creative problem solving skills, expressing ourselves when words seem to fail us, and recognizing patterns to develop coping skills. I believe that making art and taking care of your health should be accessible to everyone, and group classes are designed to give you all the space you need to be exactly who you are. I'm there to support you as much as you'd like, while also encouraging you to take charge and feel free in your creative process.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I'm a Licensed Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon; I've worked in community arts centers, museums, day treatment centers, community mental health, hospitals, and private practice, and received my Master's Degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University. Having supported clients in more traditional therapy spaces and working in community based areas, I'm committed to supporting a creative community that is welcoming to all and provides evidence-based ways of helping you accessibly connect with the many health benefits of making art.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • 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

Specialties

  • 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. If you're a healthcare provider, the community studio and creative offerings can be particularly helpful in taking care of yourself through novel, creative pathways.

  • Personal Growth External link

    Creative expression and making art in community 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

  • Anxiety External link

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

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