Mr. Drexler Ortiz
Doctoral Intern M.Sc
Drexler Ortiz (he/him) is a 3rd year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology-Lifespan Program at the University of Victoria. In 2019, Drexler completed his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology-Lifespan also at the University of Victoria where he has spent his previous practicums conducting psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessments across the lifespan, with a focus on early childhood. He has worked extensively with young children with varying developmental capacities such as ADHD, learning disabilities, ASD, Down Syndrome, FASD, and intellectual disabilities. Drexler enjoys including parents and family members to be part of the healing process. Beyond child therapy, Drexler also sees teens and adults for therapy with a wide range of concerns and goals. He is completing his final senior practicum with Sand Story and looks forward to his continued learning as part of the practice.
Drexler has received formal training and supervision in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and looks forward to expanding his training towards attachment-based perspectives while at Sand Story. He strives to understand clients’ unique experiences and perspectives by learning about their intersecting identities (e.g., culture, race, religion, sexuality, gender, disability) and the different social environments they live in that may influence them such as relationships, families, school/work places, and the larger society. He hopes to provide a safe and accountable space for the diversity of individuals that come see him. Drexler is passionate about social justice, and seeks to empower clients to meet their growth and healing through a deeper self-understanding. His Master’s research focused on the religious identity and mental health of immigrants, and his current doctoral research seeks to understand the process of community healing from historical trauma.