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About Alyse

Alyse is an illustrator and graphic designer, advocate and activist, person with lived experience, and an emerging art therapist and counselor. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in August 2020. Alyse worked as an art therapy intern at a college counseling center and a behavioral health hospital, where she focused on working with individuals dealing with suicidality, eating disorders, substance use, and LGBTQIA+ issues, among others. Currently she works at Best Therapies, Inc, a group private practice, under the supervision of Jason Best, LCSW. As a designer, she creates, sells, and shares her illustrations on topics such as mental health, self-care, and body positivity, in addition to doing freelance design for related organizations and companies. Alyse utilizes social media to share her artwork, writing, and products and has built a community of 52k+ followers on Instagram and 11k+ on other platforms. She also has multiple top blog posts on sites such as The Mighty and To Write Love On Her Arms. 



  • 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.