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ORION C. CROOK, LPC, LMHC

They/Them Pronouns

(Open to He/She)

OrionCCrook@gmail.com

Psychotherapy Site: Orionpsychotherapy.org

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EDUCATION

University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia

Master of Arts in Psychology, July 2011

Earned the Humanistic Praxis Certificate through the Therapeutic Training Program

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative and Interpretive Research Program (CIQR)

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Major: Honors in Psychology, Studio Art and Philosophy

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CURRENT PROJECTS

2023-Present

Founder of the Nonprofit the Therapeutic Artist Resource

Centers on supporting queer, transgender, and BI-POC individuals who are activists. Through this resource, individuals who have been negatively affected by encounters with police and incarceration systems receive funding for therapeutic and other supportive services. 

2015-Current 

Founder of the Therapeutic Artists Residency (TAR) Project and Resident Therapist, Jury Panelist, Marketing, & Funding (2015-current)

Season Three (2022-Present): Offered Mind Bath out of Toronto monthly individual sessions and two residencies at Camp Flirty in Huntsville, Ontario where the artists and Orion facilitated multiple works, playshops, and public readings on the book and soundtrack the artists has received a two year living artists grant from the government of Canada to create. Season three will culminate in a musical tour.

Season Two (2019-2020): Offered two artists free individual therapy that ended in solo shows at Day & Night Projects in the Summer of 2020 and 7 artists a monthly support group for 12 months.

Nectar by Crystal Desai at Day & Night Projects in April 2020

Shane Dedman at Atlanta Contemporary in Summer 2020

Season One (2016-2017): Offered 4 artists free individual and group therapy for a year that ended in two showcases of their work

Parallels: Unfolding Space at Day & Night Projects in July 2017

Parallels: Holding Space at Binders PCM Gallery on May 12-27th, 2017

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RESIDENCIES

2022 

Chinkapin Craft Stead in Liberty, Tennessee; Resident Artist for August 

Camp Flirty in Huntsville, Ontario; Resident Artist for 2 weeks in October 

2021 

Chinkapin Craft Stead in Liberty, Tennessee; Resident Artist for one week in June

2014-2015

Kiln House Residency Program founding member with Stephanie Pharr 

2014

Sassafras in Woodbury, Tennessee; Resident Artist May & December 

2013

Sassafras in Woodbury, Tennessee; Resident Artist May

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

Solo Show ‘Medium Bang” at 7 Stages Performing Arts Center, October 7th-November 4th, Atlanta

2019

Installation, “The Giant Question Mark,” at the Bakery for Deep South and Kudzu Pride, October, Atlanta

2015

Solo Show I Commit at 9 Ace Gallery, July 5-10th,Atlanta

2014-2017

“This Takes Time,” at Eyedrum Gallery August 2014-Nov 2017, Atlanta

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

Presented mixed media paintings at Mint Gallery’s show, “Running From Reality,” January 6-Feb 10th, Atlanta

2023

Designed and installed, “Tunnel of Flora,” at Club Cauldron October 3rd,  Atlanta

2021

Designed and installed, “Hidden Valley,”Club Cauldron, October 8th, Atlanta

2017

Performance and Installation, “Parallels: Unfolding Space,” at Day & Night Projects;  July 27th-August 19th, Atlanta 

2016

Philia at Low Museum, Atlanta

2013

See Through by PushPush Theater at Nelson St. Gallery, Atlanta

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CURATORIAL Experience

2023

Curator of Weelaunee Art Action Gathering at 7 Stages, May 13th, Atlanta

Co-Curator of Weelaunee Gallery in Intrenchment Creek Park, March 11th, Atlanta 

2022 

Co-curator of Garden of the Psyche at 4 Corners, April 14th, Atlanta

2021

Co-Curator of Into the Unknown at The Broadway, July 1st, Brooklyn

2020     

Curator of Guiding Form: An Exhibition of Expression Within Therapy  at University of West   

Georgia, September 1st-30th, Carrollton, Ga

2017

Curator of  Parallels: Unfolding Space at Day & Night Projects, July, Atlanta

Curator of  Parallels: Holding Space at Binders PCM Gallery, May 12-27th, Atlanta

2015

Panel member for the Walthall Fellowship, Portalism, at MOCA GA

Curated Living Case at Eyedrum Gallery, August 15-Sept. 5th  Atlanta

2014-2015

Curator at Kiln House Gallery, Dahlonega

2012-2014

Curator at The Merman Manor Studios, Atlanta

2013

Artistic Designer on I am a Groucho Marxist by Anya Liftig with FLUX Projects

2005-2007

Director and Curator at Basement Gallery in Miami, Florida

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PERFORMANCE

2023

Whitespace with Charlie Watts during Entangled, June 23rd, Atlanta 

2022

The Morphic Field in Charlie Watts Backyard, August 23rd, Atlanta

2016

Mammal Gallery, Dog Wedding Ceremony with eyeCandle, February 14th

Performed as, ‘The Mare,’  in Rose M. Barron and J. William Hill’s, “Will You be My Nightmare,” at The B Complex; October; Atlanta

Waking Down by Shana Robbins at Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, Fl

Sumptuary at Mint Gallery with Zee Zee Bow Dong, Atlanta

2015

South East-US Performance Tour with eyeCandle, January 30- February 14

Downtown Players Club, The Variety Show: Ladies First with eyeCandle, December 12th

Ritual 9 with Shana Robbins at Bluemark Studios, February 19th

2014

Cloth at Tanz Farm with Glo

Nature of Consciousness at Skwhirlhaus

Thunder Road with Kris Pilcher at Art on the Beltline

2013

Love Like a Devil’s Handshake curated by Jonathan Bouknight at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

An Evening of Art and Music at Shakespeare Tavern

Dali Surreal College Night at The High Museum of Art

2012

Lead Performance Artist with the Back Pockets on the two-month Magic Cloud Tour of the US

Boy in Terrarium in Terrariums during FLUX Night at Raw Space

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FILM

2014

“Magic Cloud” Featured as the lead performance artist of the Back Pockets in the documentary made about the Back Pockets and the two-month tour they took across the United States. Received the WonderRoot Choice Award at the 2015 WonderRoot Film Festival.

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COUNSELING EXPERIENCE

Orion Psychotherapy, Atlanta, Georgia

Psychotherapist and Office Manager, May 2014-Current

Current Supervisor: Annie Kelahan, LPC, ATR-BC, (404) 825-2875

My private practice is a huge life accomplishment and possibly my most artistic endeavor. In building my website, doing all the marketing, and handling all clinical documentation/forms necessary for treatment, I have grounded myself in a lifelong dedication to offering a safer space for individuals to do their work. I specialize in working with adolescents and adult survivors of trauma, transitioning with gender, exploring sexuality, and everyday individuals who desire to have someone support their development; often utilizing Expressive Therapy techniques in person-centered approaches.

CHRIS 180 Clubhouse, Atlanta, Georgia

Clinical Supervisor and Therapist, August 2015-March 2016

The Clubhouse is a Safer Space for emerging adults who have either a mental health diagnosis and/or substance use struggles. In this position, I completed assessments, facilitated groups and engaged in individual sessions. Daily, I provided positive role-modeling and in-milieu therapy that assisted in life skill development, mixed in with Expressive and Recreational Therapy techniques. I developed and ran a weekly LGBTQ Support Group as CHRIS 180 was founded focusing on LGBT foster care.

Vive Family Support Systems, Atlanta, Georgia

Therapeutic Mentor and Parent Coach, October 2014-June 2015

At Vive I worked with teens and young adults, and their parents to make behavioral changes and foster assertive communication. I would pick up the teens and young adults and take them on two-hour sessions engaging them in experiential activities (rock climbing, hiking, restaurants, museums, etc.). Part of my position was to be a positive role model and to facilitate life skill development while providing therapeutic services.

Licensed Professional Counselor Association, Norcross, Georgia

Continuing Education Reviewer, October 2014-August 2015

Reviewed and approved/denied continuing education workshop applications for the Licensed Professional Counselor Association in the State of Georgia and accessed Excel to track all records.

Skyland Trail, Atlanta, Georgia

Supportive Horticultural Therapist and Life Enrichment Adult Program Staff, April 2011 to March 2012

My clinical internship and two positions at Skyland helped propel my understanding of the direction my role as a therapist would take in the years to come. In these positions, I worked with severe mental illness through individual and group sessions as well as horticulture, art, music, and other recreational therapies. I developed a vocational structure to meet the client’s treatment goals. I was the first ever clinician to bridge the gap between the clinical department and the adjunctive therapy side of the program.

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WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

2023

Crook, O. & Robertson, J., Establishing Group Norms and Out of the Ordinary Encountering, (2023, October). ​​Are You an Other too? American Academy of Psychotherapist Institute and Conference. Durham, NC.

Crook, O., (2023, March). The Avenue of Mindset Towards Ritualizing Our Healing. American Academy of Psychotherapist Southern Regional Conference. Hilton Head, SC 

2022

Crook, O., (2022, August). Healing Through Expressive Art Modalities. Chinkapin Craftstead Residency. Woodbury, Tn

Crook, O., (2022, August). Artist’s Talk: The Core’s Work. Chinkapin Craftstead Residency. Woodbury, Tn

2021

Crook, O. & Mind Bath, (2021, November). Exploring Utopia: Meditation and Creative Channeling. Camp Flirty Residency, Huntesville, Canada

Crook, O., (2021, October). Re-encountering Your Core. Camp Flirty Residency, Huntesville, Canada

Crook, O. & McCarty, E., (2021, April). ​​Are You an Other too? American Academy of Psychotherapist Institute and Conference. Virtual

2020

Crook, O., (2020, March). Re-establishing Our Core. American Academy of Psychotherapist Southern Regional Conference. Hilton Head, SC 

2019

Crook, O., (2019, July). Gabshop One: Wait! All negative emotions are just chemically stored data? Orion Psychotherapy Free to the Community series. Atlanta, Ga.

Crook, O., (2019, February). Queering Self Care. Georgia Safe Schools Summit. Decatur, Ga.

Crook, O., (2019, February). Psychology, Magic, and Creativity. Georgia Safe Schools Summit. Decatur, Ga.

Crook, O., (2019, February). What to do now? An open dialogue between supporters of LGBTQ+ Youth. Georgia Safe Schools Summit. Decatur, Ga.

2018

Crook, O., (2018, May). The intersectionality of Queer and Transgender in Adolescent Clients: And the use of Expressive Therapy with them. Orion Psychotherapy. LPCA-approved CE course. Atlanta, Ga.

Crook, O., (2018, January). Trauma and Art: How to. Orion Psychotherapy. LPCA-approved CE course. Atlanta, Ga.

2017

Crook, O., (2017, April). Expressive Therapies: A Current Exploration. LPCA-approved CE course. Rush Center. Atlanta, Ga.

Crook, O., (2017, March). Your Vision: The Early Stages of Private Practice and What You Need to Know. LPCA-approved CE course. Orion Psychotherapy. Atlanta, Ga.

2016

Baxter, A. & Crook, O., (2016, November). The Ethics of Social Media Marketing for Therapists. NASW continuing education ethics course. Atlanta, Ga.

2014

Crook, O., (2014, June). Emerging Adults in the Woods: Wilderness Therapy, Horticultural Therapy, and How the Expressive Therapy Modalities Inform Our Practice as Mental Health Practitioners. LPCA continuing education course. LGBTQ Therapist Resource. Atlanta, Ga.

2011

Crook, O., (2011, April). Horticultural Approaches to the Therapeutic. SPARC: Student Psychology Annual Research Conference. University of West Georgia, Ga.

2009

Crook, O., Parker, L., & Arey, C. (2009, November). Explorations of Connection in the Self within the Psychotherapist through Experiential Activities. American Academy of Psychotherapists 54th Annual Conference. Sarasota, Fl.

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AWARDS

2016

American Academy of Psychotherapist Scholar recipient

Received the Community Reinvestment Grant from the Pride Committee 

The Awesome Foundation Grant for the TAR Project

2015

Recipient of the HATCH pilot program with C4 Atlanta

2010

Mike Aarons Scholarship

2009

Honored with the Service to the Community Award at the Annual Jim Klee forum

POSITIONS HELD

Current member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists and was on the Committee for the Southern Region 2017-21
Board Secretary for the LGBTQ Therapist Resource 2015-17 

Member of the Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth 2014-2016

Arts Force member with C4 Atlanta 2014-2015

Member of LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselor Association)

2022

Chinkapin Craft Stead Residency, Liberty, Tennessee, Resident Artist August-September

2014-2015

Kiln House Residency Program founding member with Stephanie Pharr 

2014

Sassafras in Woodbury, Tennessee; Resident Artist May & December 

2013

Sassafras in Woodbury, Tennessee; Resident Artist May

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Solo Show I Commit at 9 Ace Gallery, July 5-10th

2014-2017

“This Takes Time,” at Eyedrum Gallery August 2014-Nov 2017

EXHIBITIONS

2020-2022 Covis-19

2019

Installation, “The Giant Question Mark,” at the Bakehttps://thebakeryatlanta.com/ry for Deep South and Kudzu Pride, October

2017

Performance and Installation, “Parallels: Unfolding Space,” at Day & https://www.daynightprojects.art/past-projects/parallels-unfolding-space?rq=orionNight Projects in July 27th-August 19th

2016

Philia at Low https://thelowmuseum.com/Museum

2013

See Through by PushPush Theater at Nelson St. Gallery

PERFORMANCE

2016

Mammal Gallery, Dog Wedding Ceremony with eyeCandle, February 14th

Performed as, ‘The Mare,’  in Rose M. Barron and J. William Hill’s, “Will You be My Nightmare,” at The B Complex October

Waking Down by Shana Robbins at Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, Fl

Sumptuary at Mint Gallery with Zee Zee Bow Dong

2015

South East-US Performance Tour with eyeCandle, January 30- February 14

Downtown Players Club, The Variety Show: Ladies First with eyeCandle, December 12th

Ritual 9 with Shana Robbins at Bluemark Studios, February 19th

2014

Cloth at Tanz Farm with Glo

Nature of Consciousness at Skwhirlhaus

Thunder Road with Kris Pilcher at Art on the Beltline

2013

Love Like a Devil’s Handshake curated by Jonathan Bouknight at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

An Evening of Art and Music at Shakespeare Tavern

Dali Surreal College Night at The High Museum of Art

2012

Lead Performance Artist with the Back Pockets on the two month Magic Cloud Tour of the US

Boy in Terrarium in Terrariums during FLUX Night at Raw Space

CURATORIAL

2017

Parallels: Unfolding Space at Day & Night Projects in July 

Parallels: Holding Space at Binders PCM Gallery in May 12-27th

2015

Panel member for the Walthall Fellowship 2015, Portalism, at MOCA GA

Curated Living Case at Eyedrum Gallery, August 15-Sept. 5th

2014-2015

Curator at Kiln House, Dahlongea, Georgia 

2012-2014

Curator at The Merman Manor, Edgewood, Atlanta, Georgia 

2013

Artistic Designer on I am a Groucho Marxist by Anya Liftig with FLUX Projects

2005-2007

Curator at Basement Gallery in Miami, Florida

FILM

2014

“Magic Cloud” Featured as lead performance artist of the Back Pockets in the documentary made about the Back Pockets and two-month tour they took across the United States. Received the WonderRoot Choice Award at the 2015 WonderRoot Film Festival.

COUNSELING EXPERIENCE OrionPsychotherapy.org

Orion Psychotherapy, Atlanta, Georgia

Psychotherapist and Office Manager, May 2014-Current

Current Supervisor: Annie Kelahan, LPC, ATR-BC, (404) 825-2875

My private practice is a huge life accomplishment and possibly my most artistic endeavor. In building my web-site, doing all the marketing and handling all clinical documentation/forms necessary for treatment, I have grounded myself in a lifelong dedication to offering safer space for individuals to do their work. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults survivors of trauma, transitioning with gender, exploring sexuality and everyday individuals who desire to have someone support their development; often utilizing Expressive Therapy techniques in person centered approaches.

CHRIS 180 Clubhouse, Atlanta, Georgia

Clinical Supervisor and Therapist, August 2015-March 2016

The Clubhouse is a Safer Space for emerging adults who have either a mental health diagnoses and/or substance use struggles. In this position I completed assessments, facilitated groups and engaged in individual sessions. On a daily basis, I provide positive role-modeling and in-milieu therapy that assist in life skill development, mixed in with Expressive and Recreational Therapy techniques. I developed and ran a weekly LGBTQ Support Group as CHRIS 180 was founded with a focus on LGBT foster care.

Vive Family Support Systems, Atlanta, Georgia

Therapeutic Mentor and Parent Coach, October 2014-June 2015

At Vive I worked with teens and young adults, and their parents to make behavioral changes and foster assertive communication. I would pick up the teens and young adults and take them on two hour sessions engaging them in experiential activities (rock climbing, hiking, restaurants, museums, etc.). Part of my position was to a positive role model and to facilitate life skill development, while providing therapeutic services.

Licensed Professional Counselor Association, Norcross, Georgia

Continuing Education Reviewer, October 2014-August 2015

Reviewed and approved/denied continuing education workshop applications for Licensed Professional Counselor Association in the State of Georgia and accessed Excel to track all records.

Skyland Trail, Atlanta, Georgia

Supportive Horticultural Therapist and Life Enrichment Adult Program Staff, April 2011 to March 2012

My clinical internship and two positions at Skyland help propel my understanding of the direction my role as a therapist would take of the years to come. In these positions, I worked with severe mental illness through individual and group sessions as well as horticulture, art, music and other recreational therapies. I developed a vocational structure to meet client’s treatment goals. I was the first ever clinician to bridge the gap between the clinical department and the adjunctive therapy side of the program.

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

Monthly talks at the Herbalista Health Fair at Big House on Ponce since Feb 2015-June 2107, and on mental health stigma in Atlanta Public schools.

2019

Crook, O., (2019, July). Gabshop One: Wait! All negative emotions are just chemically stored data? Orion Psychotherapy Free to the Community series. Atlanta, Ga.

Crook, O., (2019, February). Queering Self Care. Georgia Safe Schools Summit. Decatur, Ga.

Crook, O., (2019, February). Psychology, Magic, and Creativity. Georgia Safe Schools Summit. Decatur, Ga.

Crook, O., (2019, February). What to do now? An open Dialogue between supporters of LGBTQ+ Youth. Georgia Safe Schools Summit. Decatur, Ga.

2018

Crook, O., (2018, May). The intersectionality of Queer and Transgender in Adolescent Clients: And the use of Expressive Therapy with them. Orion Psychotherapy. LPCA approved CE course. Atlanta, Ga.

Crook, O., (2018, January). Trauma and Art: How to. Orion Psychotherapy. LPCA approved CE course. Atlanta, Ga.

2017

Crook, O., (2017, April). Expressive Therapies: A Current Exploration. LPCA approved CE course. Rush Center. Atlanta, Ga.

Crook, O., (2017, March). Your Vision: The Early Stages of Private Practice and What You Need to Know. LPCA approved CE course. Orion Psychotherapy. Atlanta, Ga.

2016

Baxter, A. & Crook, O., (2016, November). The Ethics of Social Media Marketing for Therapists. NASW continuing education ethics course. Atlanta, Ga.

2014

Crook, O., (2014, June). Emerging Adults in the Woods: Wilderness Therapy, Horticultural Therapy, and How the Expressive Therapy Modalities Inform Our Practice as Mental Health Practitioners. LPCA continuing education course. LGBTQ Therapist Resource. Atlanta, Ga.

2011

Crook, O., (2011, April). Horticultural Approaches to the Therapeutic. SPARC: Student Psychology Annual Research Conference. University of West Georgia, Ga.

2009

Crook, O., Parker, L., & Arey, C. (2009, November). Explorations of Connection in the Self within the Psychotherapist through Experiential Activities. American Academy of Psychotherapist 54th Annual Conference. Sarasota, Fl.

AWARDS

Recipient of the HATCH pilot program with C4 Atlanta in 2015

2016

American Academy of Psychotherapist Scholar recipient

Received the Community Reinvestment Grant from the Pride Committee 

The Awesome Foundation Grant for TAR Project

2010

Mike Arrons Scholarship

2009

Honored with the Service to the Community Award at the Annual Jim Klee forum

POSITIONS HELD

Member of the American Academy of Psychotherapist and on the Committee for the Southern Region
Secretary the the LGBTQ Therapist Resource Board and on the Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth

Arts Force member with C4 Atlanta

Member of LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselor Association), GTNetwork (Georgia Therapy Network)