Patrick Hughes, LPC, RDT/BCT
(Licensed Professional Counselor)
(Registered Drama Therapist, Board Certified Trainer)

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with individuals as a clinician at Grief Relief, LLC. Everyone deals with loss differently. I use a variety of methods to meet clients where they are in their process, making room for our sometimes contradictory human response. Making sense of how we understand ourselves and how this all fits together is part of that process. I use genuine care, authenticity, humor and my years of experience to help individuals move forward in a way that trends towards health.

I am a licensed professional counselor, a registered drama therapist, clinical supervisor, and educator. I have worked as a therapist in hospitals, health centers, nursing homes, and in private practice. I have taught at the graduate and undergraduate classes at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, as well as running workshops in a variety of spaces including hospitals, corporate events, and theaters. I have taught classes in ethics, psychopathology, human development, adolescence, and provided regular clinical instruction and supervision for clinicians.

I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I believe that the purpose of therapy is to provide the scaffolding for transformation. This starts with understanding, utilizing the tools necessary to facilitate moving forward in a thoughtful and flexible way. I bring empathy, compassion, and understanding to the work. I work with a range of issues including isolation, depression, anxiety, grief, and adjustments to life that come from major changes at work and relationships.

I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Theater from Oberlin College in Ohio, and a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University. My experience includes three years as a clinician at the Arbour Hospital Partial Hospitalization Program, and three years as a clinician at Whittier Street Health Center, both in Boston, MA. I am the former (2016-2019) Ethics Chair of the North America Drama Therapy Association and continue to serve on their ethics committee.

My chapter, “The Chair of the Sightlier Healthier Self” can be found in the anthology work The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach through Theater Arts.