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Art Therapist


  • BA in Studio Art | Grinnell College,

  • MA in Art Therapy | George Washington University


Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO

  • Cigna


Type of Therapy

  • Art Therapy


Patient Population

  • Children

  • Teens

  • Young Adults

  • Siblings of People with Disabilities

  • Families

  • Caregivers

  • Seniors

  • Spanish Speakers

Issue Focus

  • Emotional Regulation and Distress Tolerance

  • Life Transitions

  • Family Conflict

  • Divorce & Separation


  • Illinois (in-person & virtual only)

About Dorothy Larsen

I am an artist, art therapist and mother. Dorothy has over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and people with disabilities.


In my practice of art therapy, I take a strength-based, family systems approach. I integrate this with Dialectical Behavior Therapy style skill-building. My practice is also trauma and resilience informed. As a sibling of someone with a disability and a Spanish-speaker, I have a lifetime of experience working with diversity, from those on the autistic spectrum, to community mural projects on the Southside of Chicago.


Accordingly, I am intentional about cultural awareness, making space for those with other cultural backgrounds, and multidimensional stories. Working with clients, I love to see the creative spark ignite, and the self-awareness and healing that it generates. 

Unique Approach to Therapy

What makes my approach unique? I am regularly asking for feedback from my clients. How is the treatment going? Are we addressing issues you care about? Do you feel you are making measurable progress? At the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, we help people actively engage in making therapy as useful and user friendly as possible. We use this feedback to improve treatment methods, guide therapist training and improve overall customer satisfaction. We believe this patient-centered approach makes the Center for Creative Arts Therapy world-class.

Specialized & Extended Training

What makes Dorothy Larsen stand out is her high level of education and experience. She, along with all Center for Creative Arts Therapy therapists, attends at least 120 hours of extensive ongoing training and personal development per year in treating anxiety, depression, work stress, and relationship problems. This rigorous instruction differentiates Dorothy from others in the field and allows her to provide the highest quality of service to clients.




To get started with the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, schedule an appointment or call 847-477-8244.


During the scheduling process, we will ask questions to match you with the therapist who will best meet your needs including service type, emotional symptoms and availability.

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