Art Therapy

Alison received her Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019.

As an art therapist, Alison practices from an intersectional feminist, trauma-informed, and relational cultural framework. She works with individuals to address interpersonal trauma by honoring relational patterns as learned ways of being in the world. Rooting her understanding in the specificity of social location, she works collaboratively to empower individuals to live with awareness, intentionality, and self-compassion.

Alison’s clinical practice is informed by her experience working with survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse, youth experiencing homelessness and relational conflict, and the Disability community. She currently works as a therapist supporting survivors of sexual trauma in Chicago.

Individual empowerment necessitates social change.

Traumatic experiences overwhelm ordinary modes of care. Alison uses art and creative play in therapy as a radical, restorative tool to integrate experiences, expand imaginative capabilities, and thrive within oppressive systems. Alison’s art therapy practice informs and activates her work as an artist and activist committed to social justice and the equity and empowerment of all peoples.

When we talk about a world without prisons; a world without police violence; a world where everyone has food, clothing, shelter, quality education; a world free of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism; we are talking about a world that doesn’t currently exist. But collectively dreaming up one that does means we can begin building it into existence. 
— Walidah Imarisha