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Drama Therapist & Marketing Specialist


  • BA in Theatre Performance and Communication Studies | Saint Mary’s College

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University

  • Drama Therapy Student | The Center for Creative Arts Therapy


Insurance Accepted

  • Self Pay


Type of Therapy

  • Drama Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Strength-Based Therapy


Patient Population

  • Children

  • Teens

  • Young Adults

  • Adults

  • Theatre Artists

Issue Focus

  • Trauma

  • Self-Worth

  • Anxiety

  • Depression


  • Illinois (in-person & virtual only)

About Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson is a graduate of Adler University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and an Alternative Drama Therapy Student through The Center for Creative Arts Therapy and NADTA (North American Drama Therapy Association). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame in Theatre Performance and Communication Studies.


Katie has a true passion for the therapeutic side of theatre and the safe space it provides for all. She believes that much like theatre; the therapy space is where you can find your unique voice and explore the roles you play in your world. She has spent many years performing, creating arts administrative content, and teaching middle and high school drama. She has a passion for connecting communities through the arts and wants to help individuals find their authentic strengths.

Katie is also our Marketing Specialist, and helps with branding, social media, b(v)logs, content creation and email activations.

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 Katie Nelson 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 Katie 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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