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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.


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

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



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

Actor, Dancer, Director


Leslie Kane, MA

Director of Education & Community

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. 


Katie Nelson, MA

Drama Therapist & Marketing Specialist

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

Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adler University



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


Actor, Director, Theatre Lover


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Jaclyn Hofstetter, MA, LPC, ATR-P

Art Therapist & Outreach Specialist

Bachelors Degree in Pre-Art Therapy, University of Saint Francis

Masters of Science Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling, Mount Mary University



Children, Teens/Adolescents, Young Adults, Caregivers, Seniors


Artist, Adventurer, Neuroscience Lover


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



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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Billing Specialist Services

Office Administrator/Medical Biller


Michelle Riportella, founder and owner of Billing Specialist Services, has over 30 years of experience in medical billing and business administration and management. BSS prides themselves on constant communication, follow up is their strong suite, and they treat all of their clients and their patients as part of their family at BSS.


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.

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