Colleen Porter, L.M.H.C., M.A.

Therapist

Colleen is an expressive arts therapist and a mental health counselor who specializes in creative approaches for self-expression in adolescents.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Stonehill College with a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, Colleen prepared for her MVTC duties at Boston Children’s Hospital. While at BCH, she was a group therapy clinician responsible for leading approximately 30 groups per week and supervised an average of five undergraduate art therapy and psychology interns per semester.  She also taught an undergraduate course in Art Therapy at Stonehill.

Colleen’s trainings and professional development include a PESI DBT certification course, a Playmaker Training at Life is Good Kids Foundation, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certificate from Boston University and a training in CBT for Youth at Beck Institute.

Her interests and skills include visual arts (drawing, painting, clay, collage, photography, mixed media), writing (poetry, creative writing, advanced academic and clinical writing), music (drums, guitar, piano), movement (dance, improvisation & authentic movement), adventure (hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing), as well as traveling, volunteering, baking and floral design.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  •  Treatment of anxiety, suicidality, depression, self-harm and restrictive eating
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

 Colleen can be reached at cporter@mountainvalleytreatment.org