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 primarily works with queer young adults to deepen their understanding of themselves, navigate life stressors, and work through trauma, insecure attachment, and more. 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, consults, and speaks about their 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.
About the Business
You can read about the story behind my work through a comic I made on my Instagram.
There's one person behind all of this– me! As a disabled neurodivergent artist who also has a full time job that requires a lot of energy, it can take me longer to get orders out, but I do my best! Your 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.