Azizi Marshall, MA, LCPC, RDT/BCT, EAT


Compassionately Creative Counseling

Azizi strives to provide her clients with a safe and welcoming environment to share their experiences and express themselves in a compassionately thoughtful manner. She has been a guide for many clients who have lost their way, and struggled with their own identity and relationships. Azizi offers support, validation, and encouragement towards empowerment and understanding of one self and others.

As a mother of two young girls and historical advocate and educator for young women and teens, Azizi has a special interest and knowledge in counseling teens and young women through life changes (peer relationships, self-expression, stress, marriage, birth of a child, divorce, infertility and miscarriage). Azizi also has extensive knowledge and experience working with first responders, survivors of trauma and abuse, parents of struggling children, adolescents, grief/bereavement, anxiety, families living with cancer and terminal illness, relationships and women's issues.


Prior to founding the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, Azizi also served as Director of Expressive Arts Therapy with Riveredge Psychiatric Hospital, Director of Theatre Education with Alchemy Theatre, and as a Drama Therapist and counselor for The Youth Campus, School of Expressive Arts and Learning, Wellness House and Trinity High School.

Azizi holds two Masters degrees in Community Counseling and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University, Graduate-level training in Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy at Kansas State University, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois, a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT) in Drama Therapy, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, and a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association and the Illinois Counselors Association.


  • Trauma Recovery

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Terminal Illness & Recovery

  • Mind/Body Connection

  • Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ Individuals and families

  • Children, Adolescents and Adults

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Grief and Loss

  • Parenting

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Esteem

  • Relationship issues

Community Service

Azizi has served on multiple boards for the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and trains fellow artists and mental health practitioners in the use of drama therapy and expressive arts therapy. Azizi has written several articles on creative arts therapy's efficacy in treatment, and provided over 150 trainings, courses and presentations on the creative arts therapies throughout the world.

In the Press

Azizi has been featured in several newspapers and magazines, such as The Sun TimesMy Suburban Life, Glancer Magazine and The Chicago Tribune for her work in healing communities through the arts.

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Let us support you and your family through compassionately creative counseling and arts-based psychotherapy services. Give us a call today to learn more about creative arts therapy (art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, expressive arts therapy) in the Downers Grove, Hinsdale, DuPage county and Chicago area! Feel free to call us at (847) 477-8244 or email us.

We are located in Downers Grove and frequently see clients from Downers Grove, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Darien, Elmhurst,

Glen Ellyn, Hickory Hills, Hillside, Hinsdale, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Oak Park, Riverside, Villa Park, Warenville, Westchester, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and Western Springs.


Counseling and arts-based psychotherapy for individuals, groups and families looking for help with children, adolescents, stress, relationships, motherhood, creative parenting interventions, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/bereavement, autism, communication, caregiving, terminal illness, and career counseling.