Lou is a licensed mental health counselor and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT) with a master's degree in expressive therapy and mental health counseling from Lesley University. He is also a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and on the committee for REAT credentialing. He has over 13 years of experience in counseling and expressive therapy working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and retirees.
Lou has experience working with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, OCD traits, trauma, substance abuse and addiction, borderline personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, individuals on the autism spectrum and other mental health experiences. He has worked in community mental health settings doing case management, rehabilitative services, psychiatric day treatment, and group therapy.
Lou's passion lies in working with people with LGBTQ+ experiences, those with immigrant experiences, and those with religious/spiritual backgrounds wanting support on how their beliefs can be reconciled with mental health. Lou utilizes a client-centered approach that incorporates elements of narrative therapy and expressive therapy (e.g., art, music, theatre, creative writing, dance/movement, meditation, etc.). Lou believes in creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship, building on the natural strengths and gifts of his clients.