Emily Segal, ATR, LCPC
Meet Emily Segal
Welcome to my online professional portfolio. Here you will find my resume, my artist/art therapist statement, images of my personal artwork and images of artwork related to my work as an Art Therapist.
I am a Chicago-based art therapist with my LCPC, and ATR. I have spent most of my professional career working with adults and older adults, populations I continue to be passionate about.
I work within a relational-cultural framework, which is based on the idea that disconnection is a source of suffering. I strive to foster meaningful and healthy connections with my clients while taking into consideration the cumulative and challenging life experiences most adults have had, and the cognitive changes older adults may be experiencing.
Experience with a breadth of adult populations, ranging from adults experiencing homelessness, to adults with severe mental illness, substance use disorders, and cognitive challenges.
Trained and experienced in using a Harm Reduction approach with clients.
Well-versed in addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life and role transitions, substance use, illness (of the client, or of a family member),
Extensive experience providing Art Therapy to adults and older adults both in a group and individual settings.
Catering Art Therapy experiences to meet the cognitive and physical needs of each individual.
Facilitating connection between older adults and the larger community by partnering with local artists, local students, and local art institutions.
Art Therapy Across A Continuum
The images you see below are of various residents and participants that have participated in my Art Therapy groups. Cognitive and physical abilities vary widely among this group, and as the Art Therapist, my job is to provide materials and directives that are appropriate and engaging based on one's needs.
Community-based Art Therapy
Older adults can often experience feelings of isolation. For this reason, I believe Art Therapy group that are community based are essential. Whether local artists are coming to our facility, or we are bringing our residents to a local museum, incorporating the larger community into an Art Therapy experience is invaluable.
Art Therapy Up Close
These art pieces are the result of some of my Art Therapy groups. Although I don't require residents/clients/participants to necessarily work towards a finished art product, there are many times when people make art and are proud of the results! Here are some examples of artwork my residents/clients/participants have been proud of, and have aided greatly in the therapeutic process. Artwork seen here was done exclusively in "art as therapy" groups, rather than private therapy sessions, and permission was given to use these images.
My approach to my own personal artwork is this: if i am interested in a material, I will find a way to make art with it. For me, it just so happens that I have been interested in working with a wide variety of materials over the years. This curiosity in materials has helped me to become a versatile Art Therapist in the sense that I can help others to explore a variety of material until we find what works for them. Here are the result of my own personal artwork.
Work With Me
Hire Me For:
Individual Art Therapy and Counseling *
Individual Art Therapy for you or a loved one with Dementia - I am mobile, and can see people in nursing homes, independent living facilities, or at home.
Supervision for those working towards their LCPC
Educational Presentations on Art Therapy and it's benefits
Presentations for you or your workplace on Art Making to reduce stress
*I don't currently accept any insurance. Sliding scale therapy is an option, if needed.