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About the Art

As an artist and therapist, I believe that images are gateways to deeper thinking and visceral connections. As I looked through my own artwork to find an image that would communicate the mission of my practice, I was consistently drawn to photographs of koi fish in a pond.  According to Japanese myth, if a koi fish succeeds in swimming upstream to the Dragon Gate of the Yellow River, it will turn into an ethereal water dragon.  As a result of this legend, the koi fish symbolizes strength, courage, perseverance, non-conformity, family, and good fortune. I couldn't find a more fitting image to describe my belief in the strength of the individual.

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About Michelle

I graduated Summe Cum Laude from Millikin University with a BFA in Art Therapy and hold a Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree from University of Illinois at Chicago.  In 2005, I became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor which involved 2 years of supervised clinical work in addition to state board exams. The LCPC license allows me to ethically and legally conduct psychotherapy sessions to treat mental health issues.

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I have over 20 years post-graduate experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples, groups, and families 
from diverse backgrounds.  My work experience includes:


  • Founding and maintaining a thriving private practice for over ten years, while providing psychotherapy to teens, adults, and couples.

  • Providing verbal and art psychotherapy to adults and couples as part of Urban Balance, a group of private practitioners, at both their downtown and Ravenswood locations. 

  • Conducting group and individual art therapy groups, completing intake assessments, and providing team-based case management and community support to adults, adolescents, and children at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), a community health center with locations throughout the city of Chicago

  • Providing crisis assessments at hospitals, schools, and homes in addition to facilitating office and home-based therapy to youth ages 4 to 21 through the Screening Assessment Support Services (SASS) program at C4. Through this position, I coordinated with professionals from various disciplines including psychiatrists, educators, social workers, and child-care workers.


  • Providing on-call emergency services for a 24 hour crisis line. 

  • I also completed several undergraduate and graduate internships at the following facilities: a nursing home, a domestic violence shelter, an outpatient substance abuse program, a residential treatment facility for teens, a high school counseling center and a community mental health center.

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