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Sarah Slayton, ATR-BC, NCC, LMHC

Sarah Slayton

Department of Art Therapy Counseling
Associate Professor
Davignon Hall


MA, Marylhurst University
BA, Skidmore College

Classes Taught

Practicum Seminar
Art Therapy Counseling Technique & The Helping Relationship
Clinical Assessment by Graphic Means
Professional and Clinical Practices in Art Therapy
Introduction to Art Therapy
Adolescent & Young Adult Development, Psychopathology & Art Therapy Counseling
Introduction to Child Art Therapy: The Process
Doll Making: The Therapeutic Use of Creative Process and Symbolic Imagery with Children and Adolescents
Family Art Therapy


Ms. Slayton is a full time associate professor who has taught for the Marylhurst program since 2002. Since 1996, Ms. Slayton has worked as an art therapist with clients who have a wide variety of counseling concerns that are related to severe mental illness, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, poverty, domestic and community violence, incarceration, cultural oppression, complicated grief, suicide and homicide, and autism and other developmental disorders.  Currently, she maintains a small private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Ms. Slayton is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, and she has contributed to the profession of art therapy by writing journal articles and presenting at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association. In May 2012, she gave a presentation at the International Scientific and Training Conference in Krakow, Poland, entitled "Art in Therapy: A Visual Language."

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