Edgar Rondon is a mental health clinician with a Master of Social Work degree from Barry University. Born in Medellin, Colombia, he and his family moved to Miami, Florida, when he was a child. In 2000, Edgar earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. He went on to produce, exhibit and sell his original paintings, while also teaching art in the Miami-Dade Public Schools. While working with under-served populations in inner-city schools, Edgar gained an understanding of how early childhood experiences with various types of trauma can adversely affect our youth. Later, his volunteer work experiences with homeless adults helped him to further clarify the connections between traumatic experiences and addiction and mental health disorders. In his current clinical practice at Inspirations for Youth and Families, Edgar is effectively implementing helpful interventions that combine the creative art-making process with evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities. He has found that youth experiencing addiction and mental health disorders respond positively to Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Additionally, Edgar is highly experienced with 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. For fun and relaxation, he enjoys long bike rides, kayaking, hiking, dancing, and cooking. And yes, he still produces original paintings and is an avid museum-goer.