CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY
STAFF AND THERAPISTS

As experts in the field of psychology and counseling, the Center for Creative Arts Therapy team offers you and your family comprehensive clinical services. Learn healthy and proactive ways to achieve wellness and balance in your lives through personal attention, compassionate communication, creative therapeutic interventions, and professional counseling to achieve the best outcomes for success. Learn more about us below.

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

Drama Therapist & Expressive Arts Therapist

Two Master of Arts Degrees in Community Counseling & Theatre,

Northeastern Illinois University

Adjunct Faculty, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

PREPARE/ENRICH Certified Couples Therapist 
Board Certified Trainer/Registered Drama Therapist

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
Past Board Member, North American Drama Therapy Association

 

Specializations

Adolescents, High Achieving Women, First Responders, Divorce and Separation, Teens on the Spectrum, Trauma​, Grief and Loss​

Actor, Dancer, Director

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Rachel Wagner-Cantine, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT

Dance/Movement Therapist

Master of Arts Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling,

Columbia College Chicago
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

DIR Floortime Specialist 
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

American Dance Therapy Association Member

 

Specializations

Autism Spectrum, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Anxiety & Depression, Women's Issues, Trauma Recovery​

Dancer, Choreographer

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Ciara Athy, MA, LPC, ATR

Art Therapist - Provisionally Registered

Master of Arts Degree in Counseling: Art Therapy, Adler University

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art & Psychology, Adrian College

 

Specializations

Art Therapy, Children, Adolescents, and Adults, Anxiety & Depression, Trauma, Emotional Regulation

 

Artist, Painter, Figure Skater

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Pamela Slane, PhD, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, A-AT

Dance/Movement Therapist & Expressive Arts Therapist

Doctorate in Philosophy in Expressive Clinical Therapies, Lesley University

Master of Arts Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, Columbia College in Chicago

Graduate Laban Certified Movement Analysis , Columbia College in Chicago

Animal-Assisted Therapist, Animal Behavioral Institute 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

Certified in Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

American Dance Therapy Association Member

Pet Partners Association Member

 

Specializations

Children, Adolescents, Emotional Regulation, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Trauma Recovery, Depression, Behavioral Disorders, Mood Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Self-Harm, Self-Identity, and Anxiety.

Dancer, Child Supporter, Artist

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Linnea Carrera, MA

Drama Therapist

Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College

Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications and Theater, Northwestern Illinois

 

Specializations

Parent Coaching, Depression, LGBTQ+, Anxiety, Emotional Regulation, Self-Expression, Self-Esteem, Trauma, and Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Director, Actor, Musician

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Dorothy Larsen, MA, LPC

Art Therapist

Master of Arts Degree in Art Therapy, Washington University

Bachelors of Arts Degree in Studio Art, Grinnell College

 

Specializations

Spanish Speakers, Siblings of People with Disabilities, Children and Teens, Emotional Regulation and Distress Tolerance, Life Transitions, Families, Caregivers, and Seniors

Artist, Muralist, Painter

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Nisha Paliwal, MA, LCPC

Expressive Arts Therapist (in-training)

Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Community Counseling

Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology

 

Specializations

Behavioral Issues, Multicultural Issues, Identity Exploration & Development, Work Stress, Work-Life Balance, Burnout, Identity, Exploration & Development, Adjustment, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Self Worth

 

Creator, Artist, Crafter

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Rupa Kantorek, MA, LCSW

Expressive Arts Therapist (in-training)

Master of Social Work Degree in Social Work Administration, University of Chicago

Bachelors of Social Work Degree in Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Specializations

Trauma, Anxiety, Interpersonal Violence, Immigration/Acculturation, Teens, Special Needs, LGBTQIA+, Multiculturalism, Grief & Loss, Parenting, Launching & Life Transitions

Musician, Dancer, Vocalist

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Katie Nelson, MA (in progress)

Drama Therapy Intern

Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Performance and Communication Studies, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame

 

Specializations

Children, Teens/Adolescents, Adults, Trauma, Self Worth

 

Actor, Director, Theatre Lover

 

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Angelica Hardman, MA (in progress)

Art Therapy Intern

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fine Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Specializations

Children, Teens/Adolescents, Adults, Trauma, Self Worth

Artist, Painter, Avid Reader

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Leslie Kane, MA

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Leslie earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling through Minnesota State University, and is currently an Assistant Theatre Director at Lemont High School. She is responsible for connecting people in the broader community by cultivating relationships with students, businesses, schools, and other relevant mental health and arts organizations. 

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Shannon Kett

Office Administrator/Medical Biller

 

Shannon offers billing support for our clients and their families while maintaining HIPAA compliance, sensitivity to insurance claims and challenges, and expert customer service.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP

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, Warrenville, 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.