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About Alyse

Alyse Ruriani is a wearer of many (metaphorical) hats, some of which include: illustrator/graphic designer, art therapist/counselor, advocate/activist, and a person with lived experience. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a clinician, Alyse works at a group practice, Best Therapies, Inc under the supervision of Jason Best, LCSW. Alyse primarily with young adults dealing with trauma, suicidality, eating disorders, substance use, relational concerns, and LGBTQIA+ issues, among others. She utilizes a person-centered, anti-oppressive, relational-cultural approach to therapy and incorporates principles and values from harm reduction, attachment theory, DBT, and Health at Every Size frameworks. As a designer, Alyse creates, shares, and sells her illustrations on topics related to mental health, self & community care, body positivity and social justice in addition to doing freelance design for related organizations and companies. As an advocate/activist and person with lived experience, Alyse writes, publishes, and speaks about her experiences in person and on the internet. And as a human, Alyse combines all of her hats to try and help build a better world.



  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a Minor in Book Arts and Culture & Politics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in May 2017 

  • Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in August 2020



About the Business

You can read about the story behind my work through a comic I made on my Instagram.

There's one woman behind all of this– me! And I just like to give a little reminder that I am a person with lots of things on my plate (grad school, recovery, adulting, being a human... you know!) So, know that I am not as fast as Amazon, but I do my best. When you buy from me, you're supporting an independent artist. Specifically, you're supporting an independent artist in recovery who lives with chronic illness, so the patience and support is extra helpful as my symptoms and ability ebb and flow! I appreciate you!


None of my artwork or self-help tools are intended to replace a therapeutic relationship or professional mental health care or treatment.