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Ciara Athy, MA, ATR-P

Art Therapist

BA, Studio Art, Adrian College

BA, Psychology, Adrian College

MA, Counseling: Art Therapy, Adler University

Provisional Registered Art Therapist


  • Art Therapy

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Mindfulness

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Self-Expression

  • Self-Esteem

Illuminating Your Strengths through Art

Ciara graduated from the Adler University Masters of Arts Counseling: Art Therapy program. During her clinical practicum at The Center, she developed the ability to work with clients of all ages in an outpatient setting. She incorporates person-centered, strengths based, and Adlerian counseling art therapy techniques.


Ciara’s clinical strengths include leading groups, working with children and adolescents, and supporting individuals who are anxious about the therapeutic process. Ciara is also skilled in directing creative art-based interventions through telehealth/virtual counseling sessions.


To have a positive therapeutic experience, Ciara believes it is important to develop a holistic understanding of the client. This includes exploring a client’s previous experience with treatment, identity, culture, and community.


By recognizing a client’s needs and illuminating their strengths, Ciara works to create a space where clients may gain insight and become empowered to shine on their own.

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.