Todd is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Registered Art Therapist. He graduated from George Washington University in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. During his studies, he gained experience in a variety of settings, including: a day treatment program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, a residential program for adolescents struggling with various emotional and behavioral problems, as well as a treatment program for children in Chennai, India, who were diagnosed with cancer.
Todd has also worked with individuals seeking help for LGBTQIA issues, trauma, depression, autism spectrum disorders and anxiety, among many other concerns. Most recently, he has worked with adult clients who are seeking treatment for addiction, which range from alcohol and drugs, to gambling addiction at a residential program.
It is through art making and conversation that Todd aids individuals in seeking, creating and nurturing a clearer version of their world and personal identity. He strives to imbue a sense of playfulness and healthy risk-taking in his interactions with each client, encouraging moments of letting go and permission to discover a more unique side of themselves. Most importantly, he stresses the importance of connection, both with oneself, as well as with others. To Todd, therapy is a collaborative journey, both therapist and client working together to discover what resources and connections that can promote a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Todd often uses the quote from Mulan with his clients that: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” It is Todd's hope that, like a flower blooming from concrete, these individuals can find the power to push through whatever obstacle they are currently facing or have battled in their journeys leading to this point.