Art Therapy & Counseling
NOTE: I can only see people in Illinois, unfortunately! Therapists can only practice in states where they are licensed/seeking licensure.
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Let’s face it– shit has hit the fan. Between the pandemic, systems of oppression, and so much uncertainty...we’re all trying to figure out how to navigate our lives when it feels like there is no end in sight and like we are constantly in a state of overwhelm. And on top of all that, you have the things you’ve been dealing with for a while– depression, anxiety, relationship and attachment issues, self-esteem and identity struggles, substance use, eating disorders, self harm, hopelessness, existential life questions...you name it. You want to work on these things– maybe so far you’ve been dealing with it alone, or maybe you are looking for a change of pace after not great experiences with “blank slate” therapists. You know that you want to feel better. Maybe you want to explore healing in a new way, through art and creativity. Maybe you want space to process your life experiences, both past and present, and figure out the way you want to live in your future. You’re looking for someone who “gets” it–who you don’t need to educate on your gender or sexuality, who validates your lived experience, and who has been on the other side of the couch (or computer, in this day and age).
That’s where I come in. Hi! I’m Alyse. I’m a queer art therapist and counselor that is committed to providing therapy that is down-to-earth, collaborative, anti-oppressive, and affirming. I utilize a person-centered, trauma-informed, relational-cultural approach to therapy and incorporate principles and values from harm reduction, attachment theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, intersectional feminism, and Health at Every Size. I believe in the power of art and creativity and how they can be vehicles for healing, change, exploration, and discovery.
I know how scary it can be to reach out for help–especially if you’ve been let down before by those who were supposed to help you. I know how difficult it can be to send that inquiry or book that session. I’ve been there, too. But I also know how wonderful and fulfilling life can be when you get the help you need. So if you can muster up the courage to take that step, we can figure out the rest together.
I provide art therapy & counseling at Best Therapies, Inc in Chicago, IL under the supervision of Jason Best, LCSW. Currently all sessions are by video on a secure, HIPAA compliant telehealth platform until further notice. I take BlueCross BlueShield insurance and self-pay with some sliding scale appointments available.
Note: I am in the process of pursuing my Licensed Professional Counselor licensure as well as obtaining provisional registration as an art therapist.