Elisha-Rio P. Apilado, LPC, ATR-P
Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Art Therapist-Provisional
I am a recent graduate of Adler University in Chicago and completed my Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Art Therapy. Currently, I am currently a Licensed Eligible LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) & Provisional Eligible ATR (Registered Art Therapist) in the Chicagoland area.
Although my official title reads “counselor and art therapist,” my clients know me as an identity-crisis guide, self-love igniter, and artistic ally. I help people who carry a heavy weight on their shoulders: the responsibility to be who others’ expect them to be, the dance of trying to relate to their family and their friends without feeling like a chameleon, and the pressure to fit in while staying true to themselves.
My clients come to me because they are tired of holding back in their relationships, and they’re finally ready to create an identity where they can confidently be their authentic selves... with everyone in their lives. We work together to identify and build upon their strengths, so they can find creative ways to make their life feel more like their own. I am inspired by watching clients become empowered through the therapeutic process, as they build new skills their self-confidence grows. I am honored to be by their side as they see change in areas of their lives they previously felt hopeless.
I relate to my clients who are developing their identity; as a Filipina-American I struggled with finding my place in my family, friend group, and society. Art was The Spark in a chaotic world that helped me get out from under the weight of all the expectations others put on me, and I put on myself. I found the connection to myself that I was missing through art, and that has helped me through the ebbs and flows of life- as well as given me a passion to help others do the same.
My art therapy background means I’m specialized in using art as a way of helping people express themselves when words may fail. But, don’t worry- there’s no artistic talent required. You may be thinking art therapy is like grade school art class while talking about feelings. To me, it’s more about helping clients find the creative and playful side of themselves as a way of connecting to their identity. I have seen art help people express their innermost thoughts and feelings, and make change in their life and relationships- without really needing to put it into words.
If you’re interested in services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly or visit Empower Family Therapy’s Contact Form at https://empowerfamilytherapy.com/contactus
137 N. Oak Park Avenue Suite #123, Oak Park, IL. 60301
Phone: (708) 613-0176
Areas of Practice:
Cultural Identity Issues
Grief & Bereavement
Expressive Art Therapies
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