Therapist Spotlight: Rebecca DeGraw, LCPC, ATR
Rebecca DeGraw is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist experienced in working with adults of all ages, adolescents and children. Rebecca is a graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and believes in the process of self-exploration. Read her full bio here.
Rebecca works from our South Michigan Avenue office. To schedule an appointment with her, please contact our intake department.
What self-care techniques or activities do you do?
I try to keep a routine of exercise, painting or drawing, and meeting with friends. When the routine is interrupted, I remind myself that it is okay to just sit around for a bit. I think the most important thing about self care is to be understanding of myself.
What made you become a therapist?
So many experiences have led me to becoming a therapist! I taught art for grade schools for four years and noticed a change in students when they became engaged in art activities. Completing an art project individually with students offered more time for them to process their experiences, because art is an emotional experience that encourages inner understanding and vulnerability. I felt that I needed to expand on the process of making art with others and encouraging others toward inner exploration.
What are your specialties?
I specialize in art therapy with grief, loss, depressive symptoms, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, life transitions and chronic mental illness.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
I did! I taught art for four years at the elementary and high school levels.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
I believe that counseling allows people a chance to to give time to their self and their most challenging problem for one hour without interruptions. Counseling is a place to step outside of our entangled thoughts to detangle in a non-judgemental space and with support. Counseling may not be a necessity for everyone, but counseling is helpful for everyone.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
Seeking counseling is important because we owe it to ourself to be intentional and mindful of our experiences. We deserve time to think through what is upsetting us or routinely disturbing our day to day functioning. When we seek counseling, even if meeting once a month, we are setting a time to decompress or notice when things are feeling out of control. Seeking counseling allows us to reset and to best understand ourselves.